The world is used to computers getting smaller and lighter. Now it seems we’ll have the pleasant task of getting used to them being cheaper, too.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is going to begin selling its latest Chromebook laptop next week with a starting price of $249. That price is $200 cheaper than Google’s previous laptop released last spring. The laptop will be made in partnership with Samsung.
The new Chromebook will be a stripped-down machine with an 11.6-inch screen and no internal hard drive; instead, it will rely on Internet access to function, retrieving information and programs from Google when connected. The laptop comes set up to use Google’s services automatically.
The Chromebook comes at a discounted price as Google attempts to compete with new systems running Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8, as well as Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Mini. The new Chromebook’s price will undercut most devices running Windows 8 by at least half on the low end.
Consumers can buy the laptop starting next week at electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE:BBY). Online orders will be available from various websites and possibly as early as this weekend at Google’s Play store.