Google to Sell New Laptop for $249

by Nate Wooley | October 19, 2012 9:18 am

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[1]) is going to begin selling its latest Chromebook laptop next week with a starting price of $249[2]. 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[3]) Windows 8, as well as Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL[4]) 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[5]). Online orders will be available from various websites and possibly as early as this weekend at Google’s Play store.

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Endnotes:
  1. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  2. with a starting price of $249: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOOGLE_LOW_PRICED_LAPTOP?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-18-21-46-37
  3. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  4. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  5. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  6. Google Stock Smashed After Massive Earnings Blunder: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/google-stock-smashed-after-massive-earnings-blunder/
  7. Google Has 4 Months to Change Privacy Policy: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/google-has-4-months-to-change-privacy-policy/
  8. The Top 5 ‘Pending Larry’ Tweets: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/the-top-5-pending-larry-tweets/

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