Google launched its cheapest Chromebook yet, priced at $149 (Rs 9,286 approximately) and aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011, and the latest laptops are made by Hisense and Haier. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
The arrival of the Chromebooks coincides with Microsoft’s rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. The Surface 3 boasts a 10.8-inch display, and runs on Windows 8.1. It is priced at $499 (Rs 31,097 approximately), will go on sale globally on May 5. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
As the prices for tablets and smartphones have been declining, it has forced on PC makers to lower their prices, said International Data Corp. analyst Jay Chou. The success of the Chromebook line is intensifying the PC pricing pressure. “It has been good news for consumers, but not so good for vendors,” Chou said.
The cheaper version of the Surface Pro 3 sells for $499, compared with $799 to $1,949 for the higher-end models. The discounted version has a slightly smaller screen 10.8 inches rather than 12 a slower processor, and less flexible kickstand just three angles rather than unlimited positions.
The Chromebook has served a dual purpose for Google. Like the company’s Android software for mobile devices, the Chrome system is set up so users will automatically begin using Google’s search engine and other services, such as Gmail and YouTube.