A few months after its first Chromebook, Google announced it was selling some of its newer models under $300, saying the cost of producing and shipping those computers was higher than the company expected.
Now that the company is selling a few more models, it’s making the case that they were worth the money Google paid for them.
Google’s chief financial officer, James Simons, was the first to confirm the new pricing, and he said the new models are priced between $400 and $600.
That’s lower than what we expected, but not necessarily a death knell for the new Chromebooks.
Google says the new laptops will have “significantly higher” battery life than the earlier models, and that they’re lighter, too.
The new Chromebook, codenamed the Chromebook 13, will have a battery life of at least 10 hours on a single charge.
That could be enough to get through most office work.
The company is also touting its “supercharged” design, which simulates a high-end laptop’s high-speed processor and graphics, with a more powerful Nvidia chip.
The notebook also has an “extremely fast SSD” for fast storage.
But Simons says that’s not all.
He says that a couple of Chromebooks that Google had previously sold under $100 will now go for $300 or more.
The Chromebook 13 is the first of the new $300-plus Chromebooks to come with a 3,000mAh battery, which is far from the battery life Google promised.
Google isn’t the only one to have trouble keeping up with demand for its high-tech devices.
The HP Chromebook 11 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which launched last year, both sold out months ago, and now the Lenovo Chromebook 11 13 is also on sale.
That means there’s only a couple more models to go before Google starts selling more than 100 of the $400-plus models.
Google still has a lot of money to spend.
It’s still building out its Google Home smart speaker, as well as its new Chromecast dongle.
It also has a new Pixel phone that’s a Google-branded phone with the same fingerprint scanner as the Pixel, which could be a nice way to attract more users to Google’s other devices.
But it’s clear that the Chromebooks aren’t going to be around for long, especially given the Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, which debuted in January.