Google Chromebooks finally go on sale: Available 15th June

Summary:Chromebooks are now available for pre-order; shipping begins on the 15th June, and pricing has been announced, too.

Google Chromebooks have finally gone on sale at Best Buy and Amazon. Available for pre-order in the United States at this stage only, the devices will start shipping from the 15th June; just under a week's time.

Google tweeted a couple of hours ago:

"Nothing but the web: Samsung & Acer  #Chromebooks now available for pre-order from  @Amazon and @BestBuy in the US http://t.co/LpY0jWU"

Since 2009 when the slimmed-down laptops were first announced, many have waited for this day. Google tempted testers and developers with the Cr-48 prototype notebook, but since bowed out to more powerful hardware provided by Acer and Samsung.

There are half a dozen new Chromebooks available, and prices range from $379.99 through to $499.99.

I for one, however, will not be buying one. Whether these devices are truly compatible with student -- at seemingly such a steep price for little desire from either the hardware specifications or the 'nothing but the web' appeal, only time will tell.

Students, however, will be able to buy a Chromebook for $20 per month. Nevertheless, it is a relatively sweet deal for those in education; roughly equating to $180 throughout the academic year.

A Google spokesperson told me today that though Chromebooks will be launching in six European countries including the United Kingdom, "pricing has not been announced yet" for these regions.

The $20 a month price also includes a web console, updates, warranty and replacements, as well as support for central administrators.

Though Chrome OS will be largely cloud-dependent, the devices will have 3G access and offline functionality. 'Offline mode' allows users to work on Docs, Gmail and Calendar and other applications while working whilst disconnected from the web.

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Topics: Google, Mobility

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