Google has finally launched its Chromebooks in the India. The launch, coming two years after their global debut, marks the availability of another significant hardware product sporting the Google brand. Google has already released its Nexus brand of smart phones and tablets in the Indian market. Two Chromebooks, Acer C720 and CP Chromebook 14 will be sold through the Play Store and some select retail outlets across the country. But they can be pre-ordered now itself on Ecommerce portals like Flipkart.
Priced at Rs. 22,999, the Acer C720 is a solid gadget with 4 GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron 2955U processor. Its 11.6 inch screen has a decent resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and an internal memory of 16 GB.
On the other hand, the HP Chromebook 14 has a bigger 14 inch display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and is priced at Rs. 26,990. It has 32 GB of internal memory, Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and 4 GB of RAM.
As an introductory offer, Google is now offering 100 GB of Google Drive storage space free for two years for both these Chromebooks. Chromebooks work on Google’s own Chrome OS and feature all the services that are offered by Google. Chromebooks are mainly intended for cloud computing and don’t have many pre-installed applications. Things might change now as Google has recently introduced desktop apps for its Chrome browser. These apps function independent of the browser and a few of them don’t even need an Internet connection to work. But Chromebooks still have lot of limitations like smaller displays, low processing power, and lack of support for other popular PC applications like Microsoft Office. Chromebooks are just like tablets with a physical keyboard and are useful for simple computing tasks like Internet browsing and watching videos. Given that they are reasonably priced, you can think of buying them if their limited functionality is enough to suit your needs. After making its Nexus Smartphones, Tablets, and Chromebooks in India, Google may soon release its Chromebox (Desktop computers that run on Chrome OS) in India.