Google has today announced two new Chromebooks from domestic manufacturer Xolo and Indonesian player Nexian, in India for an affordable price of 12,000 INR. This is first time we have a domestic branded Chromebook and also the first time the price is this low.
Chromebooks run on Chrome OS and are machines best suited for users who have a high speed internet connection. They are economical and well suited for professional environment. You will have to rely on Chrome Apps and Cloud storage to get things done.
Price wars have escalated and Google has resorted to Rockchip RK3288 chips to power its Chromebooks. This has helped Mountain View giant in bringing price down to $150 -$200 for new wave of Chromebooks.
Unlike Intel chips, this new processor comes with 4 ARM Cortex A17 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz coupled with Quad core Mali T760 GPU. 32 bit Cortex A17 cores are low power alternatives to cortex A9 and Cortex A15, which are more common in smartphones and tablets. Google promises the new Rockchip SoC is potent enough to smoothly run Chrome OS on the new budget Chrombooks.
Other specs include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage, 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, two USB 2.0 ports, 4200 mAh battery, a microSD card reader, HDMI port, Web cam, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac and 3.5 mm audio jack.
“When we introduced Chromebooks four years ago, we wanted to build a laptop for the way people use computers today – always fast, easy to use, and secure by default. Since launching Chromebooks in India, we’ve been working to ensure that Chromebooks work in an environment where connectivity can be spotty, and many people’s first experiences with technology and through a phone rather than a laptop,” Smita Hashim, Global Product Manager, Chrome OS.
Xolo Chromebook is available on Snapdeal, while Nexian Chromebook is available on Amazon.in starting today.