Intel unveiled a new lineup of Chromebooks today based on the Haswell microarchitecture at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. These cmew from Asus, Toshiba, Acer and HP.
Intel?s latest processors sip less power to improve battery life by more than 2X over previous generations, while offering increased performance.
Over the coming months, you'll see Chromebooks from multiple device manufacturers including newly designed Chromebooks from Acer and HP, as well as new entrants ASUS and Toshiba.
Across the new lineup, the devices offer increased battery life and a variety of new designs - from a portable Acer Chromebook, to the large display on the HP Chromebook14, which comes in various colors; from the portability of the Toshiba Chromebook, to the ASUS Chromebox.
HP has provided some more information about its Chromebook14. The Chrpomebook comes with a 14-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) display, it includes a 16 GB solid-state drive, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports as well as a combination headphone and microphone jack.
Certain models of the HP Chromebook include up to 200 MB of free data per month for two years of 4G mobile broadband service on the T-Mobile network. In addition, HP is offering 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. Plus, users can visit the Chrome Web Store to customize their HP Chromebook14 by installing applications for work or play.
The HP Chromebook14 is expected to be available at before the holidays, starting at $299.99.
The third generation Acer Chromebooks will use Intel Haswell-based processors. It has a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display and is boasting up to 8.5 hours of continuous use from a non-removable cell. It also sports an HDMI port, two USB ports (one 3.0), a standard headphone jack and an SD card slot on the sides. You'll also get 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years with every purchase.
At IDF, Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group, emphasized Intel's commitment to helping ensure the best Google experience is available on Intel architecture, with Android and Chromebooks. Next to Google, Intel is a contributor to Android and has been working closely with Google and the developer ecosystem to optimize Intel architecture for Android and Chrome.
Chromebooks were designed to make computers faster, simpler, safer and much more affordable for everyone. Over the past year, with the launch of Chromebooks by a number of Google's partners for as low as $199. Research firm NPD says Chromebooks represent 20-25% of the $300-or-less computer segment. In education, more than 5,000 schools have deployed Chromebooks for their students, representing more than 20% of school districts in the US, according to Google.