Google to sell Chrome laptops

Google announced its first commercial Chromebook laptops yesterday at its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco.

Google announced its first Chrome-based notebooks at its Google I/O conference.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Samsung and Acer will each be offering Chromebook laptops starting 15 June. The Samsung Chromebook will cost US$429 for the Wi-Fi only version and US$499 for the 3G version. Acer's Wi-Fi only Chromebook will cost US$349.

The devices will be available for sale in the US from Amazon and Best Buy. So far Australia is not on the list, but Google will also be selling the Chromebooks internally in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy.

Specs for both machines are available here.

Some of the benefits of the Chromebooks are that they have all-day battery life and built-in net connectivity. With Verizon Wireless, the Chromebooks will offer pay-as-you-go pricing, with monthly or daily passes for 3G connectivity.

The Chromebooks get updates every few weeks, just like Chrome. Users don't have to worry about installing patches. The new devices have dual-core processors from Intel.

Google also announced that it will be offering schools a special price on Chromebooks. It will charge US$20 a month per Chromebook, including hardware, administrative support, hardware upgrades and warranty.

Michael Gartnenberg, an analyst with Gartner, said the fact that the browser is limited to Chrome might be a factor, considering that competing products offer more capability and flexibility at roughly comparable pricing.

"It's pretty interesting," he said. "But at these prices, will consumers buy it? At US$499, that gets you a pretty capable netbook or even an iPad."

Google will offer all attendees at Google I/O free Chromebooks to test.


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i knew i should of waited for one of these -___-

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