Google Launches $199 Acer Chromebook With 320 GB Hard Drive

Microsoft has never seen this kind of competition before and it’s going hurt Microsoft real bad. Google has announced a $199 Acer Chromebook available immediately from various stores. This Chromebook joins the recently launched ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook which was priced at $249.

These Chromebooks are great alternative to expensive Microsoft laptops and they are priced aggressively to make a lot of users to switch to Chromebooks.

Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps writes on Google Blog:

The new Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. It features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life. Powered by an Intel Core processor, the Acer Chromebook is fast—boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly (yes, videos like Gangnam Style in 1080p, in case you’re one of the few left who hasn’t seen it).

Hardware Specs:
Display: 11.6’’ (1366×768)
Dimension: 1 inch thin – 3 lbs / 1.4 kg
Battery: 3.5 hours of battery
Processor: Intel Core
Storage: 320 GB Hard Disk Drive (with 100 GB Google Drive)
Connectivity: Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet
Camera: HD Camera
Ports: 3x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Port, 1x VGA port

Starting tomorrow, the Acer Chromebook will be available for $199 in the U.S. on Google Play, and rolling out this week in select Best Buy stores. In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys.

Google is working hard to bring it to more countries soon.

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A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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