Chrome OS netbooks and notebooks are expected out in Q2 or mid-year, basically in the next three months. That much has been confirmed on multiple occasions by Google, like here. We’ve heard rough price estimates between $250 – $600 which is exactly what standard Windows laptops in the appropriate brackets (netbooks and low end notebooks) sell for. If Google can’t differentiate with hardware or pricing over Windows alternatives then Chrome OS devices aren’t going to take off.
One way Google might tackle this is with pricing subsidies – a very low cost upfront payment followed by monthly payments of between $10 – $20 which also covers hardware refreshes – that’s what sources have told Neowin, along with that we should expect devices out in June and some breaking into Q3 with a July release.