Google and Acer announce $199 C7 Chromebook

Zdnet – Google is continuing its push to build the Chromebook market with the latest model by Acer. The Acer C7 Chromebook is available for $199.

The $199 model has an extra 20% weight (3.05 lbs instead of 2.43 pounds) and it has 3.5 hours of battery instead of 6.5 hours for the $249 Samsung Chromebook.

The Acer Chromebook can be bought at Google Play

Google has been seriously pushing the Chrome OS with the recent partnership with Samsung to offer the new Samsung Chromebook. That device lowered the price of a Chromebook to just $249. Continuing that push is the new Acer C7 Chromebook just released for a mere $199. Like the Samsung model before, Google is also offering free goodies worth more than the price tag of the Acer C7 Chromebook.

The new C7 from Acer weighs in at 3.05 pounds and is only an inch thich. In that slim body is an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of memory, and surprising for a Chromebook — a 320GB hard drive. The 11.6-inch display is capable of HD video, and has a quoted battery life of over 3.5 hours.

Google is offering two years of 100GB of free storage in the cloud for new purchasers of the Acer, along with 12 free Gogo Internet passes. Those two offers are together worth more than the price of the new Acer Chromebook, so you could say Google will pay you to get one.

The $249 Samsung Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display with 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The machine is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. It has up to a 6.5 hour

The $199 Acer C7 features an 11.6-inch display with an 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The computer runs on an Intel Core processor and includes 32 gigabytes of storage. The Acer C7 is 1 inch thick and weighs 3 pounds. It has up to a 3.5 hour.

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