Google is offering subscription by way of a tie-up with Korean tech giant Samsung to sell the Chromebook at a reasonable price of $249. This is for its Wi-Fi only version while the 3G capable version is $80 more. It may be recalled that Google tried to redefine what a laptop could be by launching the first version of Chromebook in June 2011. But the issue at that time was the price – at $350, it was too closely priced to a fully-featured laptop with much better specifications.
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Now, at barely $250, this stumbling block has been removed. With an 11.6-inch display at 1366 x 768 resolutions, a battery life of 6.5 hours, 100GB of Google Drive Cloud Storage free for two years, a dual band a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a VGA camera, HDMI port at 1080p output, and Bluetooth 3.0, the Chromebook is indeed a pretty good deal. The dimensions of this new laptop are 0.8-inches thick, weigh 1.1Kg, and boots in less than 10 seconds.
Samsung’s Chromebook now features the company’s Exynos dual-core chip which can account for its much lower price. The 2GB of RAM makes it even more appealing to users, making it more accessible to more consumers. Pre-orders have begun to be accepted as of Oct. 19 at 12pm PST from a number of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, TigerDirect, and Newegg.