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Google Announces the “New” Chromebook, $250 Price Tag Might Give it Second Life

Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebook have had a bumpy life so far, but their latest announcement today might increase sales in the right direction. Samsung and Google have gotten together for another Chromebook, but kept the price to a low $250. The 11.6″ laptop is only .8″ thick and has a 6.5-hour battery life. A dual-core Samsung Exynos processor powers the device which can muster up 1080p playback as well. 

But the memory is what sets Chromebooks apart, or the lack thereof. It comes packed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash memory. Google is betting on the cloud with these laptops, offering you 100GB of Google Drive space for 2 years so you can save all your pictures and files directly to the cloud. Google even mentioned that these laptops would have Google Now integration which would be very interesting on something other than a tablet or mobile phone.

Pre-orders start today at Amazon and PC-World, but if you want to wait you can buy it soon directly from the Play Store or other retailers. What do you think? Does this price pack enough specs to get you interested? Or are you not ready for the cloud yet?


Via: Google

  • cr.bq.bz

    I’ve thought since the Cr-48 that $250 was the price where Chromebook use would grow. After 22 months, technology has caught up with that goal. My Cr-48 display hinge is loosening, but it’s been a transformative and heavily-used machine for me.
    I use a 12-thread Windows 7 workstation at work, and have XP and Vista (not mine!) at home, with Ubuntu 12.04 on my main home and older kid’s machines; there are two Nexus S phones in our house, two Sony Google TVs, and there’s are small Windows boxes where I teach college part time.

    The Chromebook has mediated all that environment beautifully. G-Drive spreadsheets have replaced 80% of my Excel usage, Cloud Print has unified printing everywhere I go, and I’ve even found use for Chrome remote desktop. Very many of those things I wouldn’t have tried if I wasn’t testing a Cr-48.

    *IF* the performance on these new Samsung Chromebooks is OK, then I’m sort of hoping that our local elementary school will see the virtue in getting 4 of them instead of a single MacBook. As soon as students start collaborating within a class, I’d say it’s the Chromebook that is more capable. ;^)

  • Sara

    I’ve been wanting to get one of these for the longest of times. Since I spotted a chromebook add on some website I’ve researched my butt off on them. Not a lot to work on, but still enough for me to know that this was the “laptop” for me. However, the pricing has been much too high for me but now I will most certainly be getting one of these very freaking soon.

  • thehaggis

    Ok now that’s more like it, I’ll be getting one for couch surfing 🙂

  • JWellington

    And here I thought I could get a cheap development device for some Programming. 2GB of Ram just doesn’t cut it :-

  • Apple fans mad because it is silver and has a keyboard.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Haha! A laptop with 16GB hard drive, haha! Yeah, they give you 100GB online storage, which is only great if you have a reliable connection, and you always have online access. But don’t forget to spot the shady, super-cheapness of this online storage deal – “for 2 YEARS”. This, of course, means that after 2 YEARS, you will be forced to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee, to access your 100GB of storage. Gee, I know I’m in the market for a computer, that requires that I pay for essential core features, after two years. And, anyone who has bought external or internal storage especially, absolutely knows how cheap it has become recently. It is less than a dollar per Gigabyte of storage now. I refuse to believe that Google couldn’t have afforded to keep the price of this laptop at $250, and added a decent sized storage capacity.

    You can believe that fairy-tale from them, or, you can believe the real truth about how they want to continue to make money off of you, by depriving the laptop of essential storage, and charging you a crazy fee, after your trial 2 years of “free” online storage are up. Yeah, thanks, but no thanks.

    • Mongo

      Considering that most technology is being replaced around the two year mark (think of your cell phone), I imagine it is Google’s intention to come out with a better spec-ed version every two years. The original Chromebook was released (as a testing device) in December of 2010 (http://goo.gl/gKfGR for source), so here we are two years later and they are offering a new version at a more competitive price point.

      And if you do the math, it’s $5/mo for 100Gb of Drive storge. $5 * 24mo = $120. So in all honesty, Google is giving you nearly half of the cost of the next upgrade (assuming it keeps the same price) in giving 100Gb for free for two years. Can you save $130 over two years?

  • C-Law

    These are useless to many so I guarantee they will never catch on. If you need a keyboard, chances are its for apps that run on windows or apple. If you don’t, most people will use a tablet instead

  • Roger W Turner

    I’m annoyed at the missing SIM slot. I have the XE500 (no longer in use) and XE550 (typing this on it) but may not make this move yet. Yes, I do also have a Chromebox.

  • I’d be MUCH more impressed if Google would can ChromeOS and start making Android notebooks!

  • I’m in. Definitely!

    I wasn’t blessed with a CR-48 and have run some hacked chromebooks over the past year or so and definitely enjoyed them, but the actual chromebooks were too pricey. This changes the game completely. Good job Google!

  • Jerry

    Just pre-orded mine….

  • Rich R.

    Chromebook or Nexus 7?

  • For those who travel it also features 12 gogo passes.
    From Amazon description
    “With your Chromebook, you can get online at 10,000 feet with free Gogo in-air internet passes. Your Chromebook comes with 12 free passes (estimated $150 value) that you can use over 2 years on domestic US flights.”


    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Wow, thank you for the SHILL, word of the day.

      • Just pointing it out since it wasn’t mentioned in the post. Since it is a $150 value, I thought it should be noted. As people may buy this for its portability, and one place people like to use their computer is on the plane. And since this is based off an internet connection, I saw it as a good move on Google’s part, in addition to the 100gb free cloud storage. And I am actually unemployed, but if you could hook me up with a job promoting Amazon, I wouldn’t mind.

  • CAPT Karl

    Had I known this two weeks ago I wouldn’t have picked up an Acer A200 for 200. Dang

    • Most stores have at least a 30 day return policy.

  • For 250 i can just buy a nexus tablet with better specs! 16 GB flash drive?? And Google cloud for just two years? Please! How much does the gcloud cost after that? I just bought a brand new laptop for 300 with a 500 GB HD and it will last me for a long time.

    • A tablet is useless to people like my wife who want big screen, full keyboard (that isn’t a flimsy dock), and the full webapp version of Google Docs/Drive. There is a huge difference between the mobile experience of a tablet and the “sit down and get some work done” experience of a laptop.

      • yes and you can get all that with a regular laptop with better specs and a better battery for almost the same price if you check for deals online.

        • Ah, you’re one of those people. I can see there will be no convincing you of the point of a Chromebook. Carry on.

          • I live in america and i can say whatever i want. And i’m one of those people? Give me a break! Get a life its just an article!

          • Wait what? I’m very confused. You rip on Chromebooks because “you can get all that with a regular laptop with better specs and a better battery for almost the same price” and yet you say you want one?

          • I did NOT rip all Chromebooks JUST THIS ONE! I hope Google gets more manufactures start to make them. Yes i would like to buy one because i like technology and i would like the chromebooks to get better pricing, specs and bigger hard drives. Yes i know this may never happen and If they do not get better then i will not buy one.

    • cmonnats23

      Thats what I got concerned about while reading this. Two years of google drive? So what happens after that 2 years is up? Charged monthly by the gig, or what?

  • man

    Literally just ordered a Nexus 7 a few days ago. Looks like google will be getting another 250 from me!

  • I will probably pick one of these up for my wife. This is perfect for her.

  • Definitly picking one up. The specs are pretty good for the pricepoint. Only wish it didnt look like a macbook air :/

  • r0lct

    For this price it’s a great second device if a tablet won’t do because you need a keyboard.

    • You could spend that money a get a keyboard dock instead. Say, for the Transformer Prime?

      • r0lct

        Well the Transformer Prime + Dock = $600
        N7 16GB + Chromebook = $500

        So people could decide which combo makes more sense. Just be clear I’m not saying saving $100 is what makes sense for everyone.

        • That was assuming someone already had the transformer prime(Just naming that one for this purpose) and was considering this over a dock. There are bluetooth keyboards and other Tab’s that are dock compatible.

  • I wonder if this ARM Chromebook will be faster than either the Series 5 or Series 550

    • ddevito

      it’s actually a bit slower.

      • r0lct

        I can’t find anyone who’s done a thorough review or benchmarks. Where did you get that from? (not disagreeing, just curious)

      • Oh, you have one already? Could you send me your benchmark results?

  • 6.5 hours of battery life..seriously?

    • The other Intel based Chromebooks would last 7 or 8 hours.

  • mustbepbs

    I see that it didn’t say “For Gamers”…

    So not everyone.

    • ddevito

      Still too early. But their Native Client technology (gives browsers the ability to run native C code on the fly) will bring gaming to the cloud, no doubt in my mind. But it’s still a couple of years too soon for that.

      • Guest

        Question: latency. How would these cloud games deal with input and motion latency?

        • I would think they would come equipped with some sort of 4G LTE technology and when the user was on WiFi it would just depend upon the network he / she was using.

        • c4v3man

          He’s talking about streaming game files and data from the cloud. The actual rendering/UI/AI take place on the physical computer. So no latency, just delays when loading a new level (assuming caching isn’t taking place).

          Obviously graphics aren’t going to blow you away, but I would expect X360/PS3 level graphics when it’s commonplace, so it’ll be functional.

        • justincase_2008

          I have a few games on my chrome box that are “cloud” games but they save data local but its not a lot so they run pretty fast. Bastion takes up 48MBs of space and i cant tell a diff between the Chromeos and Windows version i have. Hope that helps.

      • I’m not sure if this is relevant, but this happened last night:


    • …if by gamers, you mean Angry Birds, then you’re set!

  • jcorf

    The price definitely makes it a heck of a lot better. But I would rather pay $250 and get a 32GB Nexus 7.

    • I plan on doing both. I bought the Nexus 7 for my wife and we both love it. But with this Chromebook, and Nexus 7 and a single desktop, I think I have all I need… oops, forgot the roku.

  • ddevito

    I still have my Cr48, it was so painful to use once it upgraded to the new Aura interface – I wound up hacking it and installing CrunchBang on it. I haven’t dared to consider buying a new one but for this price I’m buying one for me and one for my parents.

    Chrome OS is 5+ years ahead of its time, and hasn’t gotten its fair share. It’s super lightweight, risk free and idiot proof. It’s also the “90%” computer because 90% of what we do nowadays is strictly on the web. It’s one of the most innovative technology ideas in the last 5 years and it gets no press.

    I hope this changes that. And this is such a dig at the new Windows “don’t call-me’-Windodws-8” RT tablets that have no apps and cost twice as much.

    Cheers GOOGLE!

    • jcorf

      Sadly, my Cr-48 is close to its death. It’s falling apart at the hinge.

      • John

        I sold mine a couple months ago. I used it as I was supposed to during the beginning, but the hardware wasn’t enough to handle what I did on it. That and the free zvw 3g ran up. I didn’t have much use for it then =/.

      • mustbepbs

        Not sure why you got downvoted for that comment. I’m sure mine will be downvoted, too.

        I was really interested in these when they debuted. I just game too much to use it exclusively.

      • Jessica Casteel

        I’m afraid to close my Cr-48, as the hinge is barely holding together with this last application of epoxy (I didn’t catch the break in time to prevent a total break) I want one of these new ones so much, now that they’re a price I could possibly afford with the help of birthday and Christmas money.

    • Manny

      5 years ahead of it’s time? its a web browser are you kidding?

      • ddevito

        the term “less is more” applies here. It boots in seconds, sleeps and wakes instantly, and offers desktop like functionality. So on the surface, yes. it’s just a browser. On a deeper level, it’s a super lightweight computing device aimed at individuals who use the web as their daily platform. Who wants to be bothered downloading updates, patches, etc – bla bla bla. Traditional desktop operating systems become bloated over time, chrome OS doesn’t.

    • RedPandaAlex

      I tell people you only need one real computer per household. My girlfriend and I have a desktop computer, and then we share an Android tablet and a Chromebook (though this will be easier when Android gets multi-user log-in). On the rare occasion we need to do something in Windows/Linux, we go to the desktop. But the whole set-up is cheaper than if we’d gotten two high-end laptops, and we’re more portable.

      • Guest

        LANing with your SO on high-end Desktops is where it’s at!

        • The Internet has just about made LAN parties and really anything LAN old school. Now I may be in the minority here who wasn’t alive during the time when LAN parties were big but I can honestly say I have never once used a LAN to hook up multiple computers to play games, its much easier and more convenient to use Internet solutions.

          • Guest

            Well, if you happen to live with your SO as well! My point was that no tablet or *book can do modern gaming as well as a nicely built Desktop.

            To your point, I’d take LAN over Internet any day: call me old-fashioned, but I like ~0ms latency with no chance of Internet dropping out.

          • Nick S

            We still have LAN parties every once in a while when everyone (6-10 of us) is in town and up for a day of gaming.

            Nothing emphasizes “I just pwned your face!” like being able to physically Gibbs-slap someone at the end of a match =)

            Also makes drinking games more fun.

    • nightscout13

      I disagree that 90% of what we do is online. For me, it’s more like 60%.

  • Edwin M

    Hey cloud, make it rain!

  • benjamin forehand

    All the isheep are raping engadget post on it saying it looks like a macbook air.


    I don’t see it. *shrugs*

    • Jeff Tycz

      uhh it does though are you blind….

      • haha i love when people don’t get sarcasm.

        • Jeff Tycz

          right because you can tell by the way its worded….

      • JoshGroff

        I have no idea what you’re talking about, they are completely different. Look at the front facing camera.

    • Everything Apple makes, a new product is always a “copy” according to iSheep.. gotta love them.

      • Manny

        uhhhh Macbook air esk… Just like Samsung…

        • JoshGroff


          • New_Guy

            Haha! Apple should be known as the “Esque Company.” “Business plan: Make everything you design look minimal; super minimal…to the point that anything after that has no choice but to look like our device in some imaginitive way; even the extrapulous. End result: sue the pants off the world for…well…whatever we SAY they did. GENIUS!!!”

          • Willard Potter
          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            Haha! That was actually a commercial where I didn’t want to throw the creators into a human-sized blender, and set it on puree. But, sadly, that is an instance that rarely occurs for me. I despise commercials like Justin Bieber despises masculinity.

          • New_Guy


    • Guest

      On the flip side, there are only so many formats for laying those things out, especially given physical constraints

    • I guess Crapple has a patent on silver notebooks with a keyboard containing black keys? Otherwise, they need to just STFU.