Google last week announced a brand new Chromebook aimed at the budget laptop market. As with other models in the Chromebook line, this laptop runs on Google's web-based Chrome OS. Priced at $249, the laptop is already on sale in the U.S. So how much will it set you back if you live on the other side of the pond?
Not surprisingly, the laptop isn't nearly as cheap for customers in the United Kingdom. Though a direct conversion of the U.S. price would put it at just over £155, a direct price conversion would be wishful thinking. PC World and Amazon currently have the WiFi model listed for £229. By today's rates, that translates to just over $366, more than U.S. customers would pay for even the pricier 3G model. At the moment, it doesn't look like the 3G model is available in the United Kingdom.
Connectivity aside, this new Chromebook packs a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core processor (otherwise known as the ARM Cortex-A15 processor), an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, a full-sized Chrome keyboard, and a battery life that Google claims is over six hours.
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These would be great to purchase in bulk for an all wifi environment like a university campus.Reply
Nice design samsung, wonder where you thought of it.
Why would anyone buy one of these over a more regular notebook/ultrabook or tablet. After all, those other kinds of devices actually do something. These chromebooks are just pointless.Reply
Now stick this same CPU into your next phone.Reply
Imagine the performance potential and battery savings.
deadlockedworldThese would be great to purchase in bulk for an all wifi environment like a university campus.Reply
Clearly some people have different perception on studying than others. Without Windows environment any notebook, notepad or tablet is useless for studies. Unless your university accepts other non-common standards or you just get your notes in PDF format. I am still waiting for a real studies compation - i.e. sub 500 touchscreen and pen supporting Windows running x86 tablet or notebook. Until now mainly Lenovo/IBM and HP had this share and were selling for some extorted figures to business.
Back to the topic - this Chromebook is useless for other than browsing, email, some chat and fun.
Wow google really stiffing the UK on the price. Love my Nexus 7 and I wanted one of these chrome books but not at that price! I expect a small difference in price but $115 extra !!!Reply
I wonder if Apple have a patient on screwing customers? Seems Google are starting to copy them.................