Chromebooks coming to nine new countries, but no Pixel yet

Google expands its Chromebook consumer distribution channels to a total of 26 nations ahead of its new Intel lineup.

The Acer C720, one of a number of Chromebooks now on sale in a number of new markets. Image: Acer

Google is launching its browser-centric Chromebooks in nine new nations, meaning the company will now be selling at least part of its notebook range to across 26 countries.

Consumers in New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, and Chile will have an easier time purchasing Google's Chrome-powered laptops now that the company has announced official availability in the countries, beyond limited school procurement programs.

Google is also planning to extend the availability of Chromebooks for consumers in continental Europe, promising Belgium, Spain, and Italy will see the devices "in the coming weeks". Google launched Chromebooks in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, and Sweden last year, but those markets tend not to get the company's new products until well after they've launched in the UK . In some markets, Google doesn't sell the devices through Google Play, leaving the task solely to its retailer partners. 

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Google's director of Chromebook marketing David Shapiro, a self-described "versifier", announced the new availability in a poem, highlighting general Chromebook features and the new countries, while leaving the details of which what devices will be available, and which retailers will sell them, to local press teams to divulge.

And it seems the new markets won't be seeing Google's exotic Chromebook Pixel, or Samsung's new Chromebook 2, which launched in the UK last month .

New Zealand consumers, for example, will have the choice of the Acer C720, the Acer C720P, the Toshiba Chromebook 13, the HP Chromebook or the HP Chromebook 14. They’ll be available at retailers Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and Noel Leeming in store or online.

Norwegians, who only just got Chromecast, will be able to get their hands on the C720, C720P, Toshiba Chromebook 13 and HP 14 Chromebook via local retailers.

Not all of the new markets have announced which Chromebooks will be available and, while the Pixel might not make it to those countries, the devices announced today are likely to be just the start.

Google's wider distribution follows plans it announced recently with Intel to launch a broader Chromebook range from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. 

Some of the new Chromebooks that could start showing up in the nine markets include Lenovo's N20p Chromebook and Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook, Asus' new C200 and C300, as well as the Dell Chromebook 11 and the Acer C720 Chromebook, new 13-inch Toshiba model, a Chromebox from HP, and the LG Chromebase.

All are set for retail launches in the coming months. 

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