Steven Millward
Steven Millward
3:05 pm on May 28, 2013

Google Chromebooks launch in Singapore and Malaysia

If you’re living in Singapore or Malaysia and fancy spending over $300 on a glorified web browser, today is your lucky day. That’s because three Chromebook models, which run Google’s entirely web app-based Chrome OS, have just launched in Singapore, while one Chromebook variant is arriving in Malaysia.

The sole Singaporean retailer for now is Courts; Malaysian buyers will have to drop into a Yes store.

In Singapore, the Acer Chromebook is the cheapest at S$369, while the Samsung and HP Chromebooks each cost S$449. Judging from the new site for Chrome OS in Malaysia, geeks there can only get the Samsung Chromebook for RM 988 ($328).

Chromebooks have only launched in 11 countries so far, and today’s dual launches mark the Asia debut for these gadgets and Chrome OS.

However, just a few weeks ago we saw that the Malaysian government will deploy Chromebooks at 10,000 public schools in the nation backed up by Google Apps for Education accounts for students to work collaboratively online (Update: Corrected).

(Source: Google SG on G+)

  • P

    It is not 10 Million ChromeBooks! It is only 10 Million Google Apps for Education Account!

    • Steven Millward

      @P thanks. fixed!

  • Adam

    As is often the case in technology, not every device needs to be perfect for every situation. Just because the Chromebook doesn’t do everything a PC can do doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its place.

    Chromebooks start up fast and are easy to manage and use. There are many types of users for which that is enough. As far as the reliance on Internet access is concerned, lets face it, everyone relies on Internet access to be fully productive. I have a Windows laptop, and when my Internet is down I don’t get very much done.

    There are even solutions available to allow Chromebooks to run Windows applications remotely. Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to a Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktop and run Windows applications or an entire desktop inside a Chrome browser tab.

    Click here for more info:

    And yes, I do work for Ericom

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