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Cheap new Chromebook from Samsung revealed

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Google Samsung Chromebook Oct 2012

Google has unveiled a new Chromebook laptop with an affordable price tag, calling it “the computer for everyone”.

The model, made by Samsung, has an 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 786 resolution, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0, three USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0), SD card slot and 100GB of free cloud storage available through Google Drive. Google says there’s 6.5 hours of battery life.

The Chromebook is thin and light: a mere 20mm thick and 1.1kg in weight. Also on the light side is the price tag of just £229.

For an 11.6-inch laptop capable of performing all the basic tasks like web browsing, word processing, video playback etc., that’s a steal. Critics will note that the new Chromebook is less powerful on paper than the Samsung-made Series 5 Chromebook unveiled back in June, which boasted 4GB of RAM and a 12.1-inch screen. There’s also something of a discrepancy between the UK and US prices: the Chromebook costs just $249 in the US, which converts to around £155 at today’s exchange rate.

The new Chromebook will be sold at PC World and Currys in the UK.

Does the new model appeal to you as a second computer, or possibly one for the kids to use? Let us know in the comments box below.

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