Google Chromebooks Arrive In India
Google's finally introduced Chromebooks to India in partnership with Acer and HP for under Rs 27,000. Available as pre-order as of now till 17th October, expect them to hit retail stores thereafter.
What are Chromebooks?
Other than sounding like laptops with Chrome finish, these are light-weight, economical laptops preloaded with Google’s own proprietary Chrome OS and Google-centred apps. So if you are thinking full-fledged laptops with CD Drive and Windows, think again. This is a cloud storage centric device.
The two Chromebooks are from Acer and HP. Acer C720 comes with a 11.6" display weighing only 1.25 Kg and costs Rs 23,000, while the HP Chromebook 14 worth Rs 27,000 comes with a 14" display, weighing a little heavier at 1.85 Kg. Along with this you have your usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, 2.0 ports, and an unspecified "New Intel Processor".
Both Chromebooks come with a meagre 16 GB space Solid State Drive (SSD), though making it faster and lighter to use. However, you also get 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage for 2 years, after which you'll have to shell out $5 per month (that is Rs 305x12 months = Rs 3660 per year). In comparison, an external hard drive would cost you Rs 4600 with a warranty of 2 years.
It Works Offline
At least that is what Google says, Chromebooks work with offline-ready apps emails, documents, photo editing, listening to music, watching movies, and even some games such as Angry Birds. But don’t expect it to run like a full-fledged laptop, restrictions do apply. Check out the Chrome web store for offline-ready apps.
Expect more companies to follow suit with their own Chromebooks such as Asus and Toshiba.