Google Announces Acer C7 Chromebook, Available From Nov.13 For $199

By Anu Passary | Nov 14, 2012 09:10 AM EST

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Earlier in October, Google introduced the Samsung Chromebook and is now expanding its line-up with the launch of a new Acer-made Chromebook. On Monday, Nov. 12, Google announced that it is releasing its Acer C7 Chromebook, which is priced at just $199.

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"Creating a better, simpler computer and making it available for everyone is at the core of the Chromebook vision. It's exciting to see people using Chromebooks as the perfect additional computer in the home, and we continue to work with our partners to make them easy-to-use and more affordable. Today, we're delighted that our partner Acer is introducing a new addition to the Chromebook family: the new Acer C7 Chromebook," noted Sundar Pichai, SVP Chrome & Apps in a blog post.

The C7 Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. A 1.1Ghz Intel Celeron 847 processor powers the device. The C7 Chromebook has 2GB of DDR 3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out,VGA-out, and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive. The C7 weighs only 3 pounds and is just 1-inch thick. What's more, Google claims that the "Acer Chromebook is fast-boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly ."

However, one of the major drawbacks of the device is that it only has 3.5 hours of battery life, which is terrible for any computing device, especially judging by the current standards.

"Together with Acer, it's great to welcome the newest addition to the Chromebook family. We hope it will make a great additional computer for your family, too. New Chromebooks, for everyone," noted Pichai in the official Google blog post.

The Acer C7 Chromebook will hit the shelves on Nov. 13 and will be available for $199 in the U.S. Interested buyers in the U.S. can pick up the Chromebook from Google Play, BestBuy.com, and select Best Buy stores. Customers in the UK will be able to pick up the device from Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World, and Currys. Google is "working hard to bring it to more countries soon."

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