Acer clearly got the memo indicating that the best way to sell a Chromebook is to undercut the competition with the lowest price, and then hammer out a deal with Walmart to carry the cloud-based laptop. Enter Acer's C710-2856, the latest version of the company's C7 Chromebook line that's available at 2,800 Walmart stores for just $199. Not only is it cheaper than other Chromebooks and widely available, it's also faster than Acer's previous SKU.
Acer quietly launched its second Chromebook, the C7, earlier this month, making it available through Google Play, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores. Now, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the $199 Chrome OS-running device has become popular enough to force some other e-tailers to begin selling it.
Hey look, it's another affordable Chromebook! This one is from Acer, which this week debuted its new C7 Chromebook priced at $199. That's $50 less expensive than Samsung's recently introduced Chromebook for 2012. Both models sport an 11.6-inch display and the latest version of Google's Chrome OS, and though there are a few subtle differences between the two, you could argue that both are compelling options in a space that was once dominated by netbooks.
Nokia picked a heck of a time to start shipping its C7 smartphone. As the second Symbian 3 device in Nokia's stable, the C7 is a noteworthy follow-up to the N8, only all the attention is currently being paid to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices.
Nevertheless, the smartphone world keeps turning, and the C7 hopes to turn heads with its 3.5-inch active-matrix OLED glass touchscreen display. It also comes with an 8MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 8GB of memory, and oodles of social networking functionality baked in.
Users have access to multiple home screens to receive live updates from their favorite online portals, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as some specific email accounts (Ovi Mail, Yahoo Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail).
"Designed specifically with the style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia C7 also brings excellent social networking abilities, making it perfect for people who want to check in and stay up to date," Jo Harlow, head of smartphones at Nokia, said in a statement.