Google Chrome OS has been developed on the Chrome browser which has become hugely popular and successful. Google, which has also made the OS capable of running Android apps and games, recently launched three Chromebooks (laptops that run on the Chrome OS) made by three different manufacturers in India targeted at different segments of consumers with attractive price tags.

Here's a peek under the hood of Xolo Chromebook, priced at Rs 12,999:

Design and dimensions: The Chromebook has no removable battery. The camera is placed at the top end of the lid. The keyboard is normal looking as in any 11-inch laptop with a trackpad to aide the mouse movements. The device measures 11.4" x 8.1" x 0.71" and has a weight of 1.15 kg.

The negative point is the location of the speakers at the bottom panel, which drowns out the sound, although the sound quality is quite loud.

Display, Hardware and Performance:
The Chromebook comes with an 11.6" (diagonal) display which puts out 200 nit of brightness which is more than enough in all light conditions. A Rockchip 3288 combined with 2GB of RAM forms the core of the device along with graphics support from the ARM Mali 760 quad core GPU. This combination has been good for most medium range laptops that target multitasking. The Rockchip is more of a new entrant compared to Qualcomm or the Mediatek processors. It can deliver speeds up to 1.8 GHz. The GPU also supports 4K x 2K resolution.

Ports and Battery:
The device has a 16GB internal eMMC storage card unit and a microSD slot. Files can also be uploaded to Google Drive from the device or any other cloud. There are two standard USB 2.0 ports but honestly 3.0 would have been better. There is a headphone/mic combo port which might seem not very utility-approach based at the first go. But the device has a built-in microphone that can support calls on Hangouts or Skype.

The camera supports a 720P HD resolution. At the connectivity front, a standard wireless 802.11ac is available for Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth 4.0 module is also present. The Xolo variant has a battery life of 8 to 10 hours.