Are you addicted to the internet world, chatting and connecting with your friends on a social media or watching those funny videos on YouTube or serious in learning from online resource. Taking your internet experience to the next level with a fast, secure and hassle-free solution Google is bringing its popular cloud computing laptops the Chromebook to India. Running on the Google Chrome OS, an advanced operating system that has multiple layers of security, cloud storage, and bundled with most popular Google products.
Google is bringing the Intel Celeron based Chromebook laptops manufactured by Acer and Hp to India and it will be available from select Reliance Digital and Croma stores in Delhi and Mumbai from October 17, 2013 or you can pre-order them on Flipkart. The Acer C720 Chromebook is available on Flipkart at a price of Rs 22,999, while the HP Chromebook 14 is available at a price tag of Rs 26,990.
The more affordable of two, the Acer C720 Chromebook is light with weighing just 1.2kg and portable that’s easy to carry around. It features 11.6 inch display that has a resolution of 1366×768 pixel. The Chromebook is powered by Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Intel’s Haswell architecture and claims to have a battery life of 8.5 hours. It got a 16GB SSD storage along with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one full size HDMI port,a VGA front facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and an built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional 3G modem.
On the other hand, with a better specification HP Chromebook 14 features a 14 inch display powered by a 4th generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor. It has a 32GB SSD storage along with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, two USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one full size HDMI port, an HP TrueVision HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 and an built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional 3G modem.
Google Chrome OS is built for hassle free internet usage, it boots up in seconds, highly secure and automatically stay up-to-date. Its a package of all Google products and service like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive that even works when you are offline. Through Chrome Web store you can install hundreds of Chrome extensions and app that enhance your experience more than just browsing the web.
In-addition Google has partnered with Airtel and Tikona to offer special promotional 4G/3G data and broadband connectivity. Under this Airtel is offering Chromebook buyers who are paying an advance rental of Rs 2,499 with a free 3G or 4G dongle (depend up the telecom circle you are living) along with 6 GB of monthly 3G data usage (10GB of 4G data usage) for a period of 3 months (2months of 4G subscribers). After three months users can continue this data plan by recharging for Rs 950 per month for 3G subscribers and Rs 999 per months for 4G subscribers.
While Tikona is offering Chromebook buyers a 4Mbps home broadband connection with 8GB data usage for free valid for 45 days. After that customers can pay Rs 3500 for 100GB data usage at 4Mbps speed valid for 20 months and paying Rs 4,999 will get them the same data usage along with Wi-Fi router.
India is known for poor internet connectivity, with broadband having limited reach and 3G/4G data connectivity is just catching up. But Chromebooks relay on Internet connection for most tasks and has very little offline capabilities. With the current price tag for Chromebooks, we can easily get a traditional budget laptops that can run Windows or linux OS with decent specification. So we have to wait and see to how Google’s Chromebook performance in the Indian market.
Source – Google Chromebook