Google and Samsung take on the tablets with £229 laptop 'for everyone'

Monday, October 22, 2012

Google and Samsung take on the tablets with £229 laptop 'for everyone'

Google hopes a new low cost laptop could tempt buyers away from new tablets from Apple and Microsoft. The lightweight computer will sell for £229 ($249) and is being made with Samsung.

It was revealed just days before Apple is expected to unveil a low cost version of its iPad tablet, and Microsoft and Amazon begin selling their tablet computers.

See the computer in action below



Google has launched an aggressive advertising campaign for its new laptop, claiming the £229 machine is 'for everyone'Google has launched an aggressive advertising campaign for its new laptop, claiming the £229 machine is 'for everyone'

The Google machine's software is based on Google's Chrome web browser.



Like other so-called Chromebooks, this laptop doesn't have a hard drive, instead storing information on Google's internet servers.



The machine in the latest Chromebook, a line Google first released two years ago.

It will go on sale early next week in PC World stores in Britain and more than 500 Best Buy stores in the U.S.



'This is a big step in the journey for us,' said Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Chrome and apps.

'I think it's generally an exciting time in the computing industry.'

Like tablets, the discount Chromebook will rely on a computer chip design known as ARM, instead of Intel microprocessors.

The ARM architecture is more energy efficient, extending the duration of batteries between charges.

THE CLOUD LAPTOP 
Unlike a traditional laptop, the Chromebook has no hard drive, instead keeping all of its information on Google's servers. 
This means that while most functions can still be used without an internet connection, some are limited. 
Google also supplies a virtual Drive for the machine, which users can also access from a desktop Pc and even their mobile phone.