Google Launches Chromebooks with Samsung and Acer

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Samsung and Acer are launching two new notebooks running Google’s (s GOOG) Chrome OS this summer in the U.S. and six European countries. Acer’s Chromebook will start at $349, and Samsung’s model will be priced $429 for its WiFi model and $499 for a model with 3G connectivity. The devices will go on sale on June 15 and will be available online in the U.S. through Amazon.com (s AMZN) and Best Buy’s (s BBUY) online store.

Samsung will also bring a Chromebox thin desktop to market that can be used in business settings. The Chromebox will be part of a program called Chrome for business that’s basically a subscription model, priced at $28 per month per user. Chrome for business will offer support and cloud services, and devices will be replaced at the end of their life cycle.

A third initiative is Chromebooks for schools, which will be available per student for $20 per month, and will include the same kind of service as the business offering. Chrome for business and Chromebooks for schools will also be available starting on June 15, with Google directly handling the orders. Google is launching its consumer, business and education offerings in the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Google is working with local carriers to make 3G connectivity available in each of these markets.

Google unveiled the original Chrome OS laptop, dubbed CR-48, back in December, which was only distributed as part of an invite-only pilot program. Pichai said that more than a million people applied for the program within a few weeks, adding that the company has “literally shipped thousands of devices” since.

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Marlon

Unless you are a vagabond or lifestyle design enthusiast or entrepreneur on the go, adopting Chromebook as your primary computing device requires a paradigm shift.

This is not a simple device substitue to what we are used to using. Yes, we’re always online because of our social network connections but it requires a certain level of comfort to be able for us to shift to cloud computing.

vasu

I think it needs to be cheaper to attract customers and give them another reason for switching to a new type of computer.

Brad

If there’s one thing that google’s known for it’s their excellent customer support. Unfortunately they are trying to sell that same renowned technical support as a benefit to owning one of these and pitching it to people that don’t want the hassle of managing full blown os’s. Good luck with that.

Snix

These both look bang tidy and would be a huge benefit to schools, well done Google!

Bill

This is a brief article and doesn’t really capture Google’s intent. What they are doing is deploying infrastructure to your family, your school or your business. The money goes for remote servicing and constant updating, which costs a fortune in time and effort, along with the hardware.

Tim

“what the are doing is deploying infrastructure…” True. However, if the don’t manage to communicate this so that the majority of their potential users understand it, and the value for them attached to it, chromebooks will be a dud. It’s that brutally simple.

Blake

What Ed said. I enjoy my Cr-48 on a daily basis—it has the speed of a tablet with the added productivity of a keyboard. But $350-500 is way too much. $299 maybe. But these won’t tip unless at $199 or less.

Ed

I am a CR-48 notebook beta tester and use the device on a daily basis. I think it has great potential, but I think the price point is too high to convince consumers to buy a Chromebook over a netbook running Windows 7 Starter Edition or Linux. The iPad starts at $499. Netbooks on NewEgg.com start at $249. Granted, the Chromebooks have 12″ inch screens, dual core processors and HD web cams, I think it needs to be cheaper to attract customers and give them another reason for switching to a new type of computer. Customers are going to think they could just buy a cheaper netbook and run the Chrome browser on it and have the benefits of ChromeOS with the option to install and run other traditional software.

Charbax

Yes but, you have to consider this is just one type of Chromebook. Maybe they also make cheaper 10″ ones with single core processor. They surely will make ARM Powered ones and those could be sold below $199.

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