History repeats itself, especially in business. After writing the success story of Chromebooks in US market Google has once again set its eyes on India, as it did with Android. The strategy is same that it used for Android – partner with smaller, non established players to produce devices that are highly affordable yet feature-rich enough to entice the Indian customers. As company partnered with Micromax, Karbonn and Spice for Android One, it has partnered with XOLO and Nexian for Chromebooks. The only difference is that it didn’t launch a special project called Chrome One. In case you don’t know (which is most likely to happen), Nexian is a brand operated by Spice Mobile.
Yesterday company launched the very first Chromebooks that it has developed in partnership with these two companies – a XOLO Chromebook and a Nexian Air. I wish Spice could understand the fact that giving a Macbook like design to its notebook and adding the word “Air” to its name won’t make it Macbook Air’s competitor. Anyways, let’s take a look at what each one of these has to offer.
XOLO Chromebook has got a glossy finish that makes it look stylish and a decent tactile feedback keyboard. Nexian Air, on the other hand, comes with a matte finish that looks a bit better than the finish of XOLO Chromebook. Hardware and software specifications of both these notebooks remain the same – 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip Cortex A17 processor, 2GB RAM, an 11.6-inch display with resolution of 1366×768 pixels and internal storage of 16GB. You also get 100GB of Google Drive space valid for a timespan of two years with either of these Chromebooks.
Both these devices are focused on educational institutions and come loaded with a variety of Google Apps for Education. Google has also promised to provide regular OS updates on an interval of six weeks to Chromebooks, which means they’ll get better and better with time.
And finally, a little bit hilarious part of the story. While Nexian Air comes with a 64GB memory card and costs Rs. 12,999 only, XOLO Chromebook will come with a 32GB memory card and will still cost Rs. 13,999! Perhaps XOLO is charging for its brand name, which is a bit stronger than the name of its competitor. You can buy XOLO Chromebook from Snapdeal and Nexian Air from Amazon India. Nexian is available for purchase right away, while for XOLO you’ll have to register and wait for a few days.