Google Unveils $249 Chromebook

In an effort to boost its Chrome OS, search giant Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) has unveiled a new $249 Chromebook laptop. The computer is built by hardware partner Samsung and resembles an Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) MacBook Air.

Source: Google.

It features an 11.6-inch display and weighs approximately 2.5 pounds. Google also says it can get up to 6.5 hours of battery life and boots up in less than 10 seconds. The laptop is a lightweight device that Google is pitching as a secondary computer "for everyone."

The Chromebook comes with 16 GB of flash memory for storage, although Google is including 100 GB of free cloud storage through its Google Drive service. In order to achieve the low price point, the device uses an ARM Holdings- (Nasdaq: ARMH  ) based processor similar to ones found in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. In this case, Samsung next-generation Exynos 5 chip powers the device.

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  • Report this Comment On October 20, 2012, at 5:23 AM, lexusboyd87 wrote:

    Google has always been innvoative in it's products and now entering into the hardware makes the path for the competitors much more tougher. Printers and computer's now need a complete makeover. Yesterday, I visited this online store for printer cartridges and was just amazed to see, their pricings in response to others: People always require techie things at best price and they rightly prove it.

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