Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Google Budget Chromebooks on ChromeOS
Google releases budget Chromebooks that will run on Chrome operating system. This will benefit budget conscious as well as kids. Google announced the two version of the Chromebooks which are produced by PC manufacturers Hisense and Haier. The lightweight laptops will only cost about $149 each.
Microsoft have also announced their low-priced Surface table to cater to low budget families and students. The Surface Pro 3 low end model is priced at $499 while the higher end model may cost up to $1,949.
The Chromebooks does not have any hard drive it's functionality is dependent on Internet connection. The Chrome Operating system is designed to automatically use Google’s search engine and other services like Google docs, Google Calendar, Gmail, YouTube etc.
The two models built by Hisense and Haier are based on ARM Cortex-A17 processors, 11.6-inch screens, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and microSD card. In terms of battery life, the Haier model can run up to 10 hours while the Hisense model can run up to 8.5 hours.
Google has also launched "Asus Chromebook Flip" which has a premium metallic design. It boast a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that can be folded backwards to be use as tablet. It is priced at $249. It is powered by a Rockchip 3288 processor with four ARM Cortex A17 cores with 16GB storage. The battery life is about 10 hours.