Chromebook Invasion: Intel + Google “Most Powerful Ever” Core i3’s Revealed
Intel and Google have joined forces to develop the first Intel Celeron Chromebooks (based on the Intel Bay Trail-M system-on-chip) from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and Toshiba.
The tech duo also announced the most powerful Chromebooks ever based on Intel Core i3 from Dell, LG and HP, in San Francisco overnight.
The 20 Chromebooks from Asus, Acer, Toshiba are based on the less powerful Intel Celeronare will be released this year. All boast better performance and battery life up to 11 hours. No local details available yet.
The new PC’s are fanless, quiet, thin, light, and many have touch enabled screens, and Intel wireless 802.11ac for better connectivity over multiple devices.
ASUS announced two new Chromebooks, 11.6-inch C200 and 13.3-inch C300; Acer also debuted new devices available later this year, and Lenovo’s N20C and bendable N20p Chromebook were announced yesterday.
Chromebooks run Chrome OS with Google Drive, Play apps store and Google Docs preinstalled, are used for lighter everyday use and popular with students. They will be available at various prices, Intel confirmed.
Two of the three best-selling laptops on Amazon.com were Chromebooks.
Navin Shenoy, VP of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group and Caesar Sengupta, VP product management, Google Chrome OS, also announced high class Chromebooks running 4th gen Intel Core i3 processor including Acer C720 Chromebook and Dell Chromebook 11. They start at US$349.
The new batch of i3 Chrome PC’s also include LG’s new Chromebase all-in-one desktop powered by Celeron based on Haswell microarchitecture, already on sale here for $599. HP also announced a Chromebox available in June.
“Intel has grown to become the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome systems,” said Shenoy.
“We’ve been working on five generations of Chrome and after Google, Intel is the largest contributor to the Chromium OS. Intel chips are the first and only to support 64-bit Chrome OS.
Intel also previewed its Education Chromebook design available in the near future, said Shanoy.