Only available on American and British soil until a couple of days ago, Google’s Chromebooks are now one step closer to becoming the global devices they deserve to be. The Pixel has hit the ground running in Australia, while Acer, HP and Samsung’s Chromebooks are themselves ready to start selling down under, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
“Select” JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia already have the Samsung Series 3 and Acer C7 in stock. The former goes for $349, while the latter is $299, which is basically a hundred bucks extra than what US retailers charge for the two. As for HP’s Pavilion 14, that’s on its way down under, but we don’t have an exact release date or price tag yet.
Canada’s Best Buy and Future Shop have all three Chromebooks up for grabs online, with stock due out in physical stores as well in the next days. Acer’s C7 starts at $249.99, Samsung’s Series 3 is $269.99, while the HP Pavilion is $329.99.
In France, there’s only one Chromebook ready to start selling – Samsung’s Series 3. The 11.6-incher will be available via several retailers, including Amazon, for a recommended price of EUR 299 ($387).
Germany is to get both Samsung and Acer’s laptops, with the former going for €299 and the latter worth €279. The same duo will hit the Netherlands, but, while the Samsung will be available for the same price, the Acer will be €10 cheaper.
Finally, PC World and Amazon are the two Irish retailers chosen by Google as partners. The HP Pavilion 14 is not slated for a release there yet, but the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 will be pretty affordable – €249 and €279 respectively.
But wait, there's more. Because Google is also expanding availability across America, with Chromebooks set to hit 1,000 new Best Buy locations over the next couple of weeks. That's actually going to double the number of stores these laptops will sell in, meaning the Chrome OS-based machines are on their way to becoming mainstream hits. But hey, it was about time, wasn't it?