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Google releases £199 Acer C7 Chromebook

Google has today launched the cheapest edition to its Chromebook family- the £199 Acer C7 Chromebook.

The C7 Chromebook joins the Samsung Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook 550 in the current line-up of netbooks running Google's cloud-based Chrome operating system.

The new netbook features a 11.6in HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD Screen which offers a 1080p on its 1366 x 768 pixels resolution display. It also contains an Intel processor, a full-size keyboard, a clickable trackpad and a 320GB hard drive. Google has also included a 100GB of additional storage on Google Drive.

The C7 boots in 18 seconds and has a battery life of 3.5 hours, which is three hours less than the Samsung Chromebooks. In contrast, for £30 more Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (£229) includes ARM-based Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and is lighter and thinner than the Acer C7 - as well as booting up in 10 seconds flat.

The Acer C7 Chromebook is being touted as the simple netbook for consumers who do most of their computing online and want to share files easily using their Google accounts.

"The core of Google's Chromebook vision is creating a better, more simple computing experience and making it available to everyone," said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps at Google, in a press release.

"We're excited about the Acer C7 Chromebook, the newest addition to the Chromebook family.

"The Acer C7 delivers a hassle-free computing experience with the speed, security and simplicity that users expect of Chromebooks built in," he added.

The C7 Chromebook is available today for £199 at Google Play, Amazon, PC World and Currys.