San Francisco - Google is trying to win more converts to a computer operating system revolving around its popular Chrome Web browser with new lightweight laptops built by Samsung Electronics.
Tuesday's release of the next-generation Chromebooks will give Google and Samsung another opportunity to persuade consumers and businesses to buy an unconventional computer instead of machines running familiar software by industry pioneers Microsoft and Apple.
The upgraded laptops have high-definition video and run even faster than the original line of Chromebooks introduced a year ago.
The price: $449 (about R3600) for models that only connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi and $549 for a machine that connects on a 3G network. They go on sale online in the US on Tuesday followed by a Wednesday release in the United Kingdom. - Sapa-AP