The worldwide tech giant Google announced its devices, running on Chrome OS at different price range in India. The company has unveiled Chromebooks from four different manufacturers, Asus, Samsung, Xolo and Nexian in India on this Saturday, in an event.
Also, the firm has launched Chromebox for business, manufactured by Asus at a price of Rs. 90,000.
The Nexian Chromebook will be available exclusively for sale on amazon.in, meanwhile, the Xolo Chromebook will be retailed by Snapdeal. The Chromebook Flip by Asus and Chromebook C201 by Samsung will be available for sale in coming days.
The Xolo Chromebook being retailed by Snapdeal is available for pre-registrations. Users willing to buy the device just have to provide their email id by filling out Google Form. The device enables users to “browse the web at lightning speed with features like Chrome Instant and the Chrome Omnibox gets everyday things done.”
The device is featured with an 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 pixels of resolution. It runs on Chrome OS based on Linux, supported by a Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core 1.8 GHz processor that is coupled with a 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The company claims that the device boasting above specifications, boots within 7 seconds. The Chromebook boasts 16 GB of internal storage space.
The manufacturer has provided WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 as connectivity options. Meanwhile, the 4200 mAh of battery in the device claimed to fuel the device for up to 8.5 hours of backup.
Nexian CB-116, manufactured by Spice Group subsidiary Nexian, is exclusively available at amazon.in. Currently, Amazon is offering a 64 GB Strontium SD card worth Rs 2,299 for free on the purchase of the device. Amazon is also offering a buyback offer on old laptops. With its matte finish, the Nexian Chromebook looks better than Xolo.
Meanwhile, the retailer is also offering its users to buy the netbook in an exchange with their previous ones.
Apart this, Google is targeting Educational institutes and Corporations to replace the laptops with the Chromebooks. Recently, the tech giant has talked to the Arunachal Pradesh Government to run a pilot for deploying Chromebook laptops for school students.
“We are in discussions with Arunachal Pradesh for giving Chromebooks to students as part of our focus on the education sector. Chromebooks along with Google Apps for Education can play an important role in helping students create, collaborate and learn,” Google Global Product Manager Chrome OS, Smita Hashim said.
The Nexian Chromebook is also an 11.6-inch netbook that have almost similar specs to the Xolo Chromebook runs on Chrome OS, which is based on Linux. The Chromebook runs on a 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex A17 Quad Core processor coupled with 2 GB DDR3 RAM.
Same as Xolo Chromebook this device also has 16 GB of storage that could be expanded via SD card. On the design front, it measures 29x21x2.3 cm in dimensions and weighs just 1.5 kg. At the side edges, it has 2 USB ports and an HDMI port to extend the display.
Why should you consider a Chromebook?
After buying a Chromebook, the users shouldn’t have to worry about updating the OS of the device, as the manufacturer has provided a feature of ‘auto-updating Operating System’.
According to developers, Google will keep on pushing the latest updates and patches and would keep the Chrome safe and secure.
Chromebooks are best suitable machines for web browsing, e-mails, and word editing. However, these devices won’t support massive libraries as they were backed by a Windows PC. Also, these systems aren’t designed for high-end computing or image processing applications.
The Google Chromebooks are ideal for and corporations and institutions like hospitals, banks, hotels, etc. where the end users uses the systems for general web browsing, e-mails, web-based applications and word editing. Google has recently added support for offline viewing of videos to Chrome OS. Users can now use an app like VLC player to play offline videos.
For entertainment obsessed people, Google has recently added support for offline viewing of videos to Chrome OS. Also, users can now use an app like VLC player to play offline videos.
In partnership with Asus, Google has launched its Chromebox for business with a price tag of Rs. 90,000. The device also runs on Chrome OS supported bu a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. It uses Google Apps to connect.
A connected device with Google Apps can integrate with Google Calendar to schedule meetings or rooms. For an example, the Calls are connected over Google Hangout to share the screen of a user. The Google Apps also allows collaboration over Google Docs while using the Chromebox.
For business purposes, Chromebox is a complete video conferencing solution that offers conferencing up to 15 participants at a time.
The box has both wired and wireless connectivity, Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n respectively.
The device is featured with a full HD 1080p camera that automatically adjusts the resolution of image based on the available bandwidth. It also automatically focuses on the speaker and supports low-light correction.
Moreover, it boasts inbuilt microphone and speakers, under the hood. The Speaker has built-in Digital Signal Processing to provide enhanced speech clarity.
The manufacturer has provided an RF remote controller with the device that sports a QWERTY keypad at the back.