More action on the Chromebooks front. Computer makers Acer and Asus are reportedly getting new Chromebook models ready for release later this year. And Google is said to be prepping a model featuring Intel 's coming, low-powered Haswell processor , as well as planning new models priced as low as $200.
The new Acer Chromebook will reportedly have an 11.6-inch screen and is targeted for sale by July, and the Asus version is expected by the third or fourth quarter. Acer has a $199, 11.6-inch model, but, according to news reports, sales of that device dropped from previous sales of up to 200,000 units monthly to about 20,000 to 30,000 in January. The new Acer model is said to be targeted at students, and this will be Asus's first Chromebook.
Google is also said to be planning a major marketing campaign over the next few months in support of Chromebooks. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard , Lenovo and Samsung are also rumored to be preparing new Chromebooks. As cloud -based, thin client machines, Chromebooks are seen as being more secure than conventional personal computers. Other advantages include ease of updates, maintenance, backup , and the ability for any user to use any machine.
Google is rumored to be working on a new Chromebook, code-named Slippy, which utilizes the Intel Haswell chip, and features an SD memory card slot and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Haswell is a fourth-generation Core processor chip, providing better performance but requiring lower power than the current Ivy Bridge processors. Haswell-equipped devices are expected to start appearing this summer.
In February, Google launched a branded, high-end Chromebook called the Pixel, with an ultra-high resolution 2560x1700 touchscreen , 32 or 64 GB of solid state storage , a terabyte of cloud-based Google Drive storage, an Intel 1.8 GHz Core i5 processor, and 4 GB of memory. It was also distinguished by carrying the highest price tag yet for a Chromebook: about $1,200. (continued...)
Posted: 2013-05-01 @ 6:10pm PT
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