In a continued effort to expand Chromebook availability, Google announced new deals with Walmart and Staples today. Both retail chains will sell Google’s Chrome OS-powered laptops at stores across the country, director of Chromebook marketing David Shapiro announced today in a blog post. Until now, Google has largely depended on Amazon and Best Buy to sell its line of laptops.
Walmart will only stock the latest Acer Chromebook, which went on sale at 2,800 locations across the U.S. today. The 11.6-inch laptop features a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 100GB of free Google Drive storage, a16GB solid state drive (SSD), an HD camera, three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, one VGA port and a four hours of battery life. The Chromebook Acer retails at $199 at Walmart.
Staples will stock a larger variety of Chromebooks starting this weekend, offering models manufactured by Samsung, HP and Acer at over 1,500 locations and through the company’s online store. Neither chain will offer the high-end Chromebook Pixel, according to Google’s announcement.
Shapiro adds that within the next few months Office Depot, OfficeMax, and two regional chains, Fry’s and TigerDirect, will begin selling Chromebooks as well. The company also plans to expand availability to 10 more markets worldwide in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Australia with more coming later in 2013.