Google announced two new budget-busting Chromebook computers, a tablet/notebook convertible with a full swivel screen, and a Chrome computer-on-a-stick. The Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook both are available for preorder for US$149. So the price/performance of Chromebooks is becoming so compelling that they could and should put increasing pressure on lower-end PCs and laptops," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told LinuxInsider.

Chromebook Specs:

Both the Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook sport 11.6-inch 1366x768 displays. They come with 16 GB of eMMC storage and 2 GB of DDR3L memory.

The Haier Chromebook 11 is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 System on a Chip with four Cortex A17 cores. It produces a top-end frequency of 1.8 GHz and uses a 600-MHz ARM Mali-T764 GPU. Its battery can last up to 10 hours. It's available from Amazon.

The Hisense Chromebook also is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 SoC with a maximum frequency of 2.5 GHz. The expected battery life is up to 8.5 hours. It will be sold by Walmart.

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