New Acer Chromebook offered at cheaper price as Google HP halt the sales of Chromebook 11

It is reported that Google, the search giant, and the manufacturers of PC Hewlett-Packard (HP) are putting the brakes on Chromebook 11 sales due to complains claiming that overheating of the device is causing the chargers to get damaged.

For those of you who are still unaware, the Chromebook is a laptop which runs the Google Chrome OS. Targeting the holiday season demand, the Chromebook 11 was globally launched last month.

The Chromebook 11 charges via a Micro USB cable and it is the first laptop of its kind that can be charged via a microUSB port and the best part is that it charges just like a smartphone. However, in a unfortunate series of events, HP has had to pause the sales of the device after there were reports that due to overheating some of the chargers got damaged.

Call it a coincidence or opportunism, Acer offered the new $200 Chromebook C720-2848 at the same time as rival Hewlett-Packard (HP) was forced to pull its $279 Chromebook 11 off retail shelves.

When Google began Chrome OS for laptops, the top priority was this: Chromebooks are supposed to be cheap. Acer got the message loud and clear, announcing a $200 Chromebook with the latest Intel “Haswell” processor.

A slightly stripped down version of the previous Acer C720 Chromebook, the C720-2848 comes with 2GB instead of 4GB of RAM, which has allowed Acer to drop the price down from $249 to $199 in the US.

The C720 will feature the same processor as its predecessor, which is the Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor. It will run for 8 hours after a single full charge.

The rest of the hardware is identical and includes the same 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, 16GB flash memory, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and VGA camera. It also comes with 100GB Google Drive storage and 30-day Google Play Music All Access trial.