The Intel Celeron-powered Chromebook 2 will be priced at $329.99 (approximately Rs. 21,800) while the fifth-generation Intel Core i3-based Chromebook 2 will come at $429.99 (approximately Rs. 28,500). The company also announced that both models will come with an all-new LED backlit keyboard. The Chromebook 2 was initially announced by the company at IFA last year.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 will feature a 13.3-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) display with IPS technology. The company claims that the Chromebook 2 weighs just 1.3 kilograms and that the front-facing stereo speakers on the laptop are tuned by Skullcandy. It includes dual-array microphones and an HD webcam.
The company claims up to 8.5-hour battery life for both the models. For connectivity, it equips Wi-Fi 802.11ac, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, SD card slot, and a security lock slot. The company is also offering 100GB of free Google Drive storage with the new Chromebook 2. Apart from free Drive storage, consumers will also 90-days of free unlimited music streaming on Google Play.
Commenting on the launch, Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division said, "As more people use Chromebooks for productivity and rely more often on the web for content creation and entertainment, devices need to be better equipped for these higher processing demands and built with hardware features that optimise Chrome OS. With the launch of our latest Chromebook 2 models, Toshiba delivers brilliant performance for an outstanding experience on and off the web with entertainment-inspired hardware features that make the most of Chrome OS and enable customers to get things done faster wherever their Chromebook 2 takes them."