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Google Samsung Chromebook Looks to Woo Consumers With $249 Price Tag

When families need an additional computer for the household, Google is hoping they will turn to its new Samsung Chromebook as the answer. How will it do that? With a really cheap price point.

Today, Google introduced its new Samsung Chromebook, which will cost just $249. The companies’ previous Chromebooks cost between $300 and $550.

Based on Google’s cloud-based Chrome operating system, the Chromebook features an 11.6-inch, 1,366 by 768-pixel display, measures 0.8 inches thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. It’s equipped with two USB ports (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0), an SD card memory slot, an HDMI connector and a headphone jack.

The laptop comes with a 16 gigabyte solid-state drive, which helps speed up start times. Google says the Chromebook can boot up in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode. The laptop also comes with 2GB of memory, plus an additional 100GB of storage with Google Drive.

Battery life is estimated to be around 6.5 hours.

The new Samsung Chromebook will be available next week from the Google Play store and online retailers, and is available for preorder today from Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers.


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