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Google Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung have landed on Singapore’s shores, making it the second Asian market to get the devices that run on Google’s Chrome OS.
An announcement from the company on its Google+ page said the Chromebook will be available at Courts stores across Singapore.
According to prices listed on the Courts website, the Acer Chromebook is retailing at S$369 (US$292) while the HP and Samsung ones are being sold at S$449 (US$355). The Acer model being listed is C710-842G32II with 2GB of RAM, the HP PAVILION 14-C002TU (D9H19PA#AB4) is being sold with 4GB of RAM, and the Samsung XE303C12-A01SG is available with 2GB of RAM.
The Chromebook was first announced at the Google I/O conference in 2011, and has since been available in the US and the UK. Two months ago it was rolled out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Just last month, Google announced that primary and secondary schools in Malaysia would receive Chromebooks to not only support the students, but also the country’s efforts to reform its educational system. Last week, Malaysia carrier Yes 4G unveiled a Samsung 4G Chromebook equipped with WiMAX and retailing at 988 ringgit (US$325).
Chrome OS is still a long way from being a dominant desktop operating system, but as the Chrombook gets rolled out in more markets, it is likely to benefit from the wider exposure.
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