Today Google has announced that it will be launching Chromebooks in India with partnership with Acer and HP on October 17.
The Acer C720 flaunts a 11.6-inch display screen with 1,366×768 pixel screen resolution, it is powered by Intel Celeron 2955U processor which is based on Intel’s Haswell architecture, it comes with a 16GB SSD for offline use and also comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, it has a VGA camera, and for connectivity it has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, one USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port. Acer claims its battery has life of 8.5 hours. Acer C720 will be priced at Rs 22,999/-
On the other hand HP Chromebook 14 flaunts a 14 inch display screen with 1,366×768 pixel screen resolution, it is powered by Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Intel’s Haswell architecture, for offline use it has a 32GB SSD and also comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, it has a 720p camera, for connectivity it has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, two USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port as well as a 3-in-1 card memory reader. HP claims its battery has life of 9.5 hours. HP Chromebook 14 will be priced at Rs 26,990/-
As Chromebook’s are mostly used when you are online that’s why Google has partnered with Airtel and Tikona for data connectivity.
Under this offer, Airtel users have to pay advance rent of Rs. 2,499 and you will get 3G dongle worth Rs. 1,299 and 6 GB of data free for 3 months. After 3 months, Rs. 950/month rental will be charged for 6 GB of data.
If you live in AirTel 4G circle then you pay advance rent of Rs. 2499 and get 4G dongle and 10 GB of data per month for 2 months and then you will be charged Rs. 999/
For circles that have Airtel 4G networks, Chromebook buyers can pay Rs 2,499 for which they will get an Airtel 4G dongle and 10GB of monthly 4G data for two months. After two months, users will be charged Rs 999 per month for 10GB of data.
On the other hand, with Tikona, Chromebook users can get a 4 Mbps connection with 8 GB data free for 45 days for or else you can pay Rs 3,500 and get 100 GB of data free which you can use over 20 months. By paying Rs 4,500 you would get them the same data plan along with a Wi-Fi router.
It would be interesting to see how Chromebook perform in India as if you take Chrome OS which is build mostly for online use and has very limited offline capability. At this time there are very few free public WiFi hotspots in India and Internet connectivity is also not very good.