Tech giants HP and Google have said they will collaborate to manufacture affordable Chromebooks in the country in a bid to bolster digital education in India. This initiative aims to cater to the demand for budget-friendly computers within the nation’s education sector.
What Happened: HP, a major player in the personal computer market, has partnered with Alphabet’s Google to produce Chromebooks in India. The manufacturing will begin from October 2 at the Flex Facility near Chennai. These Chromebooks, priced between ₹20,000–₹30,000, are low-cost personal computers running Google’s operating software.
This local production aims to fulfil the demand from the education sector, particularly government schools, and compete with the nine-inch tablet market with its 11-inch Chromebooks. Despite local production, the pricing of Chromebooks will remain competitive, as per the report.
Vickram Bedi, HP India’s senior director–personal systems, said in a statement that the initiative was in line with HP’s commitment to promoting digital equity and supporting the Government’s Make in India initiative.
Google said it views this partnership as an opportunity to speed up the digital transformation of education in India. Bani Dhawan, head of education–South Asia at Google, expressed hope that this collaboration would enable more students to access affordable personal computers.
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This collaboration is part of HP’s ongoing expansion of its manufacturing operations in India. The company produces a broad range of laptops and desktops in the country.
Why It Matters: By manufacturing Chromebooks locally, the companies aim to make digital learning more accessible to students across the country. Furthermore, this initiative also aligns with the Indian government’s push for local manufacturing under the “Make in India” campaign.
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