Google on Thursday introduced its cheapest and light weight Chromebook for $249 in collaboration with Samsung to take on Microsoft's Windows 8 which is set a release next week.

Google's latest offering runs on Chrome operating system and comes with an 11.6-inch screen. This is one of the lightest laptop in the market and is also the cheapest laptop from Google in the past two years. The new device also known as netbook weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 0.8 inches thick. The device packs Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual processor which is based on ARM's Cortex A15 design. Samsung had introduced a Chromebook priced at US$449 last May.

"If you ever felt it was too complicated and too expensive to have an additional computer (or two), we hope you (and the entire family) will give the new Chromebook a try," read the Blog post of Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps.

Unlike other laptops, Chromebook is without a hard disk. The device which boots up in less than ten minutes hosts features like USB ports, HDMI and an SD card slot.

Google Chromebook is available for pre-order on Amazon, Best Buy and PC World along with many other retail stores. The device will be available in 500 Best Buy stores across the US and in 30 PC World and Currys stores in the UK.

The company has no plans to introduce the cheapest laptop in Asia soon, CNET reported.

Click here to view a video showing Google's all-new Chromebook.