New Chromebooks With Battery-Friendly Haswell Processors On The Way From HP, Asus, Toshiba, Acer

Three new manufacturers will release Chromebooks, including HP, Asus and Toshiba, featuring energy efficient Haswell chips from Intel
on September 12 2013 7:08 PM
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    Intel introduced a new 11.6-inch Chromebook in black from Acer, that will feature the company's battery-friendly Haswell chips. Google Chromeblog
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    The Chromebook 14 is the first HP device to run on the lightweight, web-based Chrome OS, and is also the largest yet. The Chromebook 14 will run on Intel's energy-efficient Haswell processor architecture, and will debut before the holidays for $299. Google Chromeblog
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The laptop hardware based on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chrome operating system will have four more additions, including its largest entry yet: a 14-inch Chromebook from HP running the new Haswell processor architecture from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Asus will also develop its first Chromebook this year, along with fellow newcomer Toshiba, and Acer will introduce a new Chromebook model featuring the Haswell chip.

The Chromebook 14 from HP, pairs the energy-efficient Haswell processor from Intel with a 14-inch (1366 x 768) display and offers 16GB of built-in memory, 100GB of Google Drive space and HDMI and USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. The HP Chromebook 14 will ship with optional built-in 4G connectivity (compatible with T-Mobile) in white, turquoise and “Coral Peach.” It's priced at $299 and HP says it will be available by this holiday season.

The Chrome OS pairs an operating system dedicated mostly to online work, allowing it to utilize very few hardware resources. The low amount of built-in storage on Chromebooks is augmented by free space bundled with the purchase in the Google Drive cloud service. The new Chromebooks were announced yesterday by Intel at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

ChromebooksNew Intel announced new Google Chromebooks from HP, Toshiba and Acer at their Developer's Conference yesterday, and a Chromebox from Asus.  Google Chromeblog

Acer will introduce a new black Chromebook with an 11.6-inch display that boots up in less than seven seconds and can last for up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage, the manufacturer claims. Acer did not announce pricing for the new model, but said the Chromebook was less than an inch thick (0.75-inches) and weighed less than three pounds. The new Acer Chromebook will also ship with 100GB of free Google Drive storage.

Intel and Google did not release details on the Toshiba Chromebook, which was displayed in promotional photos in silver. Asus will release a Chromebox for the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first foray into the Chrome OS. Chromeboxes are desktop versions of the lightweight OS.

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