Google to Sell New Laptop for $249

New device to hit stores next week

By Nate Wooley, InvestorPlace Writer

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.

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