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Google Introduces Two New Sub-$250 Chromebooks In India

... Jon Russell /Techcrunch:

Mobile is the big tech focus for India — with initiatives like Facebook’s Internet.org and Google’s Android One, to name but two — but that isn’t stopping Google from introducing new budget Chromebook laptops in the South Asian country.

The Mountain View-based firm announced two sub-$250 Chromebooks, laptops powered by its web-based Chrome OS platform, from domestic manufacturers Nexian and Xolo.

The Nexian Chromebook retails for 13,499 INR ($212) from Amazon — it’s currently on sale for 12,999 INR — while Xolo’s device is available from Snapdeal for 13,999 INR, around $220. Chromebooks traditionally pack a punch for their price, particularly for educational purposes, but tend to rely on having an internet connection for most tasks and features.That’s not quite all… Google said also that machine’s from ASUS, Samsung and other Indian companies will hit the market soon to provide even greater choice.

India Today got its hands on the two new products and found that there was little to choose from, performance-wise, from them. Both run on a RockChip SoC, which is not exactly a known quantity, although the Xolo appeared to have superior design and ergonomics — from the initial hands-on, at least.

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