New 3G Chromebook is $80 more than Wi-Fi model

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Google(s goog) surprised many this week with introduction of a cheaper new Chromebook that runs on a chip usually meant for smartphones and tablets. The ChromeOS laptop is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, not to mention $200 less with a base price of $249. My hands on video review showed a SIM card slot but Google didn’t officially announce a 3G version of the Chromebook, saying only it would be available in the future. Looks like the future is now.

The Verge received a tip that a 3G model was also available for $329 and it checks out: Samsung’s official Chromebook page shows the 3G-capable device for $80 over the Wi-Fi model. Aside from the inclusion of a 3G radio that supports Verizon’s(s VZ) EVDO mobile broadband network, the specs appear identical between the two devices. And like prior 3G Chromebooks, buyers will receive 100 MB of monthly 3G data at no extra charge.

Surely, you can’t do much with 100 MB of mobile broadband, but it’s handy in a pinch if a hotspot isn’t readily available. Verizon will offer additional service for a fee if you’re going to rely heavily on mobile broadband networks with the new Chromebook.

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SMP

Most people would be better off using a phone which supports tethering as a mobile Wifi access point. At least you get less unused monthly allowance doing this that having separate allowances for a mobile and Chromebook.

tom

i don’t get it.

every phone verizon is releasing has 4G, this certainly has better potential to fully utilize a very fast connection. why 4G on phones but not a device with a much bigger screen and video consumption potential?

Ethan

This laptop has some pretty good potential, I’m excited to see where it’s going to go, like more data available or 4G.

ricdesan

Thanks, I will just save some extra money and get an ultrabook instead!

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