Chromebook Now Available in Seven New Countries Including Canada

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By Vijaykumar Meti | March 20, 2013 8:44 PM EST

Google Tuesday announced that its manufacturing partners will start selling Chromebooks laptop in seven countries including Canada.

Chromebooks depend on Internet connection and uses Google Chrome operating system instead of other traditional OS like Windows, Linux or Apple's OS. However, the search engine giant believes that Chrombooks are ideal for those users who spend most of their computing work using Internet application in a browser rather than software's installed in a hard drive.

"This is the next stage in our expansion for Chromebooks," Caesar Sengupta, product management director at Google, said in an interview with the Financial Post.

"With Chromebooks, it's been a journey for us and we feel the whole computing experience that is designed around Chromebooks and Chrome OS is where users are today and how users will be using computers in the future," said Sengupta.

Three major manufacturers like Samsung Electronics, Hewlett-Packard and Acer will be offering Chromebooks in Canada. The Samsung build Chromebook is available for $270, Acer C7 Chromebook for $250, while the HP is offering for $330. Google offers 100 GB of free online storage via Google Drive for two years.

Along with Canada, Google is also offering Chromebooks to Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands and Sweden, through company's manufacturing partner and Google Play online store.

In late February, 2012 Google introduced its latest Chromebook Pixel with a high-resolution touchscreen display. It comes with a 12.85 inch display at 2560 X 1700 pixels resolution and has an aspect ratio of 3:2. The company claims that the display has "highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market today."

The Chromebook Pixel was specially built focusing on cloud-computing and Google offers 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for every Pixel users.

The Pixel comes in two variants; Wi-Fi only model and built-in LTE model. Both the models feature 720p webcam, dedicated microphone and invisible speakers under the keyboard. For connectivity options it includes, Wi-Fi dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 2.0 jacks, a mini display port, 3.5mm headset jack and a SD card slot but lacks HDMO port.

The Chromebook Pixel Wi-Fi only model has a starting price for $1,299 on Google Play while the LTE version will be available in April for $1,499.

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