It's been almost two years since the first Chromebooks went on sale and it's sometimes easy to forget that, while we in the States have enjoyed several iterations of Chromebook, other countries haven't seen hide nor hair of the Cloud-computing machines. Today, Google introduced several new countries to the magic of ChromeOS.
Google has announced that starting today, its Acer, HP and Samsung Chromebooks will begin rolling out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Not only that, but Google is also rolling out Chromebooks to businesses in schools in the aforementioned countries, which means discounts for those institutions and upgrades for users involved in the programs.
Unfortunately, no word on whether or not Google's newest Chromebook, the Chromebook Pixel, will be launching in the above countries, too. Priced at just under $1,300, the Chromebook Pixel packs 4.3 million pixels into a 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 display for a PPI of 239. Google boasts that this is the highest pixel density of any laptop on the market today. Display aside, the laptop runs on an Intel Core i5 processor (dual core, clocked to 1.8GHz) with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4 GB DDR3 RAM 32 GB Solid State Drive with 1TB of free cloud storage (though it's only good for three years), 2 x USB 2.0 ports, HD Webcam, a clickable glass trackpad, a backlit keyboard, dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, Bluetooth 3.0 and optional LTE.
In Ireland, pricing for the lower-end Chromebooks will start at €279 and the notebooks will be available through PCWorld and Amazon UK. In Canada, you will soon be able to snap one up at your nearest Best Buy or Futureshop (or you can buy online starting today). Australians can head to JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman while those in France, Germany and the Netherlands can get their Chromebooks atAmazon and Pixmania (France), Notebooksbilliger, Amazon, Cyberport and Saturn (Germany), or mediamarkt.nl, saturn.nl en laptopshop.nl (Netherlands).