Samsung and Google to Market Low Price Chromebook

Google announced yesterday that it will be releasing a new Chromebook laptop manufactured by Samsung and centered on its cloud-based Chrome OS, reports TechCrunch. The new device, which will sell for just $249, is being presented as a secondary device for consumers, motivated by the belief that purchasing decisions are made with ecosystem compatibility in mind. 

The new, 2.5 lb Samsung Chromebook features an 11.6-inch screen, 1080 p video, an A15 ARM chip from Samsung, and 6.5 hours of battery life, according to ArsTechnica

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As the Chromebook will be tightly integrated with Google's Chrome browser, the company encourages consumers to consider the benefits of Google Drive for file storage and portability. It has also been pointed out that the Chromebook is intended for simplicity and a user experience that supports primary devices. For a second computer, the 100 GB of free Drive storage over two years and 16 GB of flash memory included in the device could be a winning proposition. 

While the $249 price tag applies to the Wi-Fi-only model of the Chromebook, a 3G capable version will also be available for $330. According to Google's official blog, the Chromebook is now available for pre-order online at Amazon, Best Buy, and PC World, among other retailers. 

It is probably worth pausing on the fact that owning multiple devices has become commonplace enough to directly target a product at this particular niche. Google wants to compete with Microsoft and specifically the soon-to-arrive Windows 8, in part because the revamped OS will also be aimed at taking advantage of cloud storage. The best Windows 8 products, however, specifically the Surface tablet, will generally not be as light on the wallet.