Both new and refreshed models coming soon with Intel's latest processor tech
Google has announced in conjunction with Intel today that the companies will be bringing multiple new Chromebook and Chromebox devices based on the newest Haswell processors in the coming months. Adding to the ranks of current Chromebooks — some based on ARM processors and others on old older Intel chips — are at least four new devices from HP, Acer, Toshiba and ASUS.
The HP Chromebook 14 is a 14-inch laptop that weighs in at 4.08lbs and 0.81-inches thick, with multiple color options and quotes 9.5 hours of battery life. The "New" Acer Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, weighs 2.76lbs, is 0.76-inches thick and has 8.5 hours of battery life — that's over double the 4 hours of the previous model. Details of pricing and availability for these two are sparse at the moment, but product pages with sign-ups are live already.
While it is only ready to show off the specifications of two of these devices, Google says that we will see a Chromebook entry from Toshiba (pictured above, on the left) and a Chromebox from ASUS (above, right) in the coming months. Moreover, Google says to expect new Chrome OS devices from "multiple device manufacturers" and that six of the top laptop manufacturers are now making Chromebooks.
The simplicity and versatility of Chromebooks paired up with the power savings and increased performance of Intel Haswell chips seems like a match made in heaven, and we can't wait to see them hitting stores.