Dell jumped into the Chromebook market headfirst today with its own Chrome OS machine targeting the education market. The Dell Chromebook 11—not to be confused with HP’s device by the same name—integrates Google’s web-based services with the computer-makers own education portfolio.
“The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country,” said Neil Hand, Dell Tablet and Performance PC Group vice president.
Dell’s first Chromebook comes equipped with an 11.6-inch display, a 10-hour battery, a 720p webcam, ports for USB 3.0 and HDMI, and 16GB of SSD storage. The company says it plans to sell the computer for under $300. Dell will sell a model with 4GB of RAM starting next month, while a cheaper model with 2GB of RAM, will be available not-long afterwards.
The computer-maker already has a strong foothold in the education sector, and with Google making headway in schools with its line of Chromebooks it was only a matter of time before the two companies started working together. We’re looking forward to seeing what the new computer will look like when it hits the market in 2014, and how Dell will differentiate it from the rest of the pack.