Google goals for the mainstream with 20 new, extra highly effective Chromebooks
If you have not picked up a Chromebook simply but, you may need to wait a bit longer. Intel has simply introduced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this yr. This new set can be thinner, lighter, extra highly effective and usually extra numerous when it comes to design. It is clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.
A lot of the new class of Chromebooks can be based mostly on Intel’s extra highly effective and environment friendly Bay Path-M system on a chip.
“Bay Path is optimized for energy, efficiency and price,” Intel’s VP and common supervisor, Navin Shenoy, stated. “They’re the primary Chromebooks which might be additionally now out there with over eleven hours of battery life, which is up from about 10 hours on Haswell.”
The Bay Path fashions may even be the primary Intel Chromebooks to be fanless, he stated, and will probably be 15 % lighter. When it comes to design, we will anticipate to see extra numerous type elements. Some fashions will supply touchscreens, and a few, like Lenovo’s choices, may have a folding show. Along with these Chromebooks, Intel additionally launched a tiny HP Chromebox desktop and introduced the supply of LG’s all-in-one Chromebase pc. Final however not least, Shenoy additionally introduced that all the Chrome units launched at the moment will probably be made with the world’s first “battle-free” microprocessors — which means the minerals of which they’re made weren’t mined by slave regimes within the Republic of Congo.
At the least a few these battle-free laptops will make the most of chips based mostly on the corporate’s Core i3 processor, together with an Acer model, obtainable for $349 this summer time. An up to date model of Dell’s eleven-inch mannequin ought to ship later in 2014, as properly. As we talked about, Intel is partnering with no less than 4 main producers — Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba — to supply Bay Path-powered units. Lenovo introduced two of those final night time: the N20 and N20p. To not be ignored, ASUS additionally rolled out a few new choices. There’s an eleven.6-inch C200 and a thirteen.three-inch C300, each of which can start delivery this summer time.
Simply previous to saying the newest within the Chrome OS household, Caesar Sengupta, VP of product administration at Google, took to the stage to say that their predecessors have been properly acquired.
“Chromebox is the primary promoting desktop,” he stated, “And the highest six rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. They’re each the very best rated and probably the most reasonably priced.”
He and Shenoy identified that eight of the highest pc producers supply Chromebooks, and that Chrome units can be found in over 20 nations and almost 10,000 faculties. And you may anticipate extra markets and establishments set to get Chrome OS machines sooner or later. In reality, Shenoy confirmed off an schooling-targeted Chromebook reference design that he hopes will inform the subsequent era of Chromebooks for faculties.
As a cherry on prime, Sengupta advised us that not solely are Google Now and voice instructions coming to Chromebooks, however that Play films shall be obtainable to view offline as nicely.
In accordance with Sengupta, “the momentum is strong and gathering tempo.” So people, a minimum of in response to Google, we’ll be seeing much more of you shopping for (and utilizing) Chromebooks in 2014.