After announcing an Android-related press event in New York City slated October 29th, Google launched a new lower-priced Chromebook laptop computer.
A Chromebook is a browser-based personal computer running Google Chrome OS as its operating system and whose services are delivered mainly from a pure cloud client for application delivery but looks and functions like a traditional laptop.
To date, they haven’t taken the market by storm. But with a very attractive $249 price tag that pulls down the $449 tag of its predecessor, this new Chromebook manufactured by Samsung just might raise consciousness about this distinct class of computers.
The machine is less than 0.8 inches (20 millimeters) thick, and weighs only around 2.43 pounds (1.1 kilograms). It has an 11.6-inch, 1366 by 768 pixel matted display, a full-on keyboard, a trackpad without buttons, and a battery suited for more or less 6.5 hours of operation, as per Google’s claims.
Under the hood, the new Chromebook features a fanless dual-core, A15-based Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in solid-state storage, WiFi a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth capabilities.
Additionally, the machine has a single USB 2.0 socket, a USB 3.0 connector, a full-sized secure digital memory card reader and a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack with microphone support (actually a combo), an HDMI port, and a SIM slot (only functional if you’re getting the non-WiFi only version).
The main specs alone show that this device provides more oomph compared to its predecessors. It even becomes more phenomenal due to its super low price.
Add that to the fact that it also features integration with Google Now, the intelligent personal assistant which works as an application for Google’s Android, and a free Google Drive storage amounting to up to 100GB for two years.
If you’re used to working in the cloud and are always on-the-go, for instance, using a VoIP phone service like Google Voice or paid cloud services like RingCentral or Salesforce, then you’ll basically get pretty much everything done in this Google-incepted, Samsung-manufactured baby.
The cloud-based apps you can acquire from Google provide supplements – if not better alternatives – to traditionally installed software you’d normally use on a regular personal computer to get some work done.
Everything gets controlled through a common web interface, a.k.a. your primary startup screen, which gives you access to applications no matter where you are, either at home or at the office.
The only thing you need to assure is that you’re always plugged in to the internet via either the 3G/4G-LTE connection provided by your carrier (that’s what the SIM slot is for) or whenever a WiFi connection is present.
Google promises and claims that all you need is the web. With the recent shift of many basic services needed for various purposes into the cloud, this assertion is slowly unfolding right before our eyes; and this new Chromebook provides even more proof that it’s not an impossibility.