In the slew of Chrome OS news this morning Google is partnering up with Hisense to announce the first ever Hisense Chromebook, which is part of Google’s initiative to bring Chromebooks to “everyone, everywhere” at a more affordable price, alongside other new Chrome OS devices like the Chromebit, a $100 Chrome OS HDMI/USB 2.0 dongle made by ASUS, and two new Chromebooks from Haier, the Chromebook 11 ($149) and Chromebook 11e, as well as more yet unannounced Chromebooks from other new partners like XOLO, TRUE, Nexian, LG, and existing partners like Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo and others ranging from $149 to $499, slated to roll out over the next few months.
As for the all new Hisense Chromebook, the pricing here will be $149 just like the offering from Haier, and will sport a few similar hardware specifications like the Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage space, and the ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU for the graphics processing. Google and Hisense are pegging this as a premium laptop at a severely inexpensive cost, and while it may not hold a candle to the likes of higher priced Chromebook models, it should be capable of delivering a pretty decent experience to most users, especially for those who will be first-time Chromebook users and want something light on the budget. In addition to the few above listed specs, the Hisense Chromebook also packs an 11.6-inch display with 200 nit brightness, has an embedded 720p webcam for video chats, meetings or conferences, and boasts up to 8.5 hours of battery life without needing a charge.
Consumers can also expect WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a uSD reader, audio ports for your headphones and mic, and an HDMI out port. Hisense designed this Chromebook for movers and shakers with on-the-go living in mind, so they built the palm rest out of metal, slapped on a full-size keyboard for comfort, and gave the outside a durable design with a textured grip to make it easily portable as it weighs just 2.54 lbs. The Hisense Chromebook is available from Walmart starting today, March 31st, at a low-cost price of $149.