In the recent past, Google has announced a couple of new Chromebooks. These notebooks were designed for those who want an additional laptop at home, which can easily connect to the Internet and carry out basic applications. As per a report by China Times, Google intends to launch a self-branded notebook running on the Chrome OS, apart from the models that have been launched in partnership with Acer and Samsung.
The reports states that Google plans to launch the notebook with touchscreen capabilities. The project of manufacturing these notebooks have been assigned to Compal, a Chinese-based original design manufacturer. It is believed that components for these upcoming notebooks will be shipped by November 2012.
Google to launch its own Chromebook
The report notes that Google has done this as a means to take a page out of Apple's book, where Apple built both the hardware and the software of the Playbook. In the process, it cut out third party OEMs. This has also been recently done by Microsoft, when it manufactured the Surface tablet. By manufacturing their own products, brands retain profit margins. This move by Google will help it compete directly with the likes of Apple that already manufacture their own notebooks and desktops.
Earlier this month, Acer launched the C7 Chromebook that runs Google’s Chrome operating system, and is priced at $199. The new Acer C7 Chromebook is designed to be an additional laptop for families, students and business people.
Acer states that the C7 Chromebook boots up in less than 18 seconds and resumes quickly from sleep mode. Users can access apps through the app launcher and find new apps from the thousands of Chrome apps and games featured in the Chrome Web Store.
Acer states that the C7 Chromebook has security features built-in to defend against malware and viruses. The Acer C7 is automatically updated. It comes with integrated 802.11b/ g/ n Wi-Fi, so customers can quickly connect to hotspots and wireless networks.
The brand claims that the Acer C7 Chromebook is easy to maintain and share with others around the home, school or work. Users can have separate accounts and simply log in to get things done. Acer Chromebook customers are offered up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years after purchase, so files are stored in the cloud even if the Acer C7 is lost, damaged or stolen. Customers can also access files offline, or create and edit Google Documents and use Gmail offline as well.
The Acer C7 is portable and sleek and it weighs only 3.05 pounds and measures one-inch thin, so it can be easily taken anywhere as it fits into a backpack, briefcase, or purse. The slim size houses a full-sized keyboard. The fully-clickable touchpad allows customers to conveniently get things done.
The Acer C7 features an integrated HD 1.3MP webcam with an LED indicator and microphone that can be used for video conferencing, as well as capturing video and photos for sharing online. Acer claims that websites, documents, photos and high-definition video look crisp and clear on the C7’s 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD.
The premiere offering in the Acer C7 Chromebook line is the Acer C710-2847. Powered by an Intel Celeron 847 processor (2MB L3 cache, 1.10GHz, DDR3 1333MHz) and 2GB of DDR3 memory, the Acer C7 provides the performance to speed through the web, access files, enjoy video and more. It also has 320GB HDD for storing files.