New Chromebooks bring the power, not the noise


Intel and Google today announced a bunch of new Chromebooks powered by Intel’s latest Bay Trail processors at their event in San Francisco. These new Chromebooks from Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer and ASUS will come in various form factors with major under-the-hood enhancements. 

Using the Bay Trail SoC allow the above OEMs to provide Chromebooks with a fan-less design and up to 11 hours of battery life. They will also be less than 18mm thin and support the latest Wi-Fi ac standard.

ASUS announced a couple of Chromebooks at the event using these chips — the C200 with an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and the 13.3-inch C300 with availability targeted for sometime in summer this year. Lenovo also jumped into the ChromeOS bandwagon by announcing two new Chromebooks — the N20 and N20p. Both the devices sport the same specs — a 11.6-inch touchscreen, a Bay Trail processor and 2GB of RAM — except for the latter coming with a 300-degree rotating touchscreen display.

Finally, Dell and Acer announced refreshed variants of their existing Chromebooks with a powerful Core i3 processor inside them. Dell’s refreshed Chromebook 11 will be coming “later this year” while Acer’s C720 will be available sometime before the back-to-school season starts. Interestingly, all these Chromebooks will be the first to make use of Intel’s “conflict-free” microprocessors.

While an efficient and powerful hardware is a welcome change, Google is yet to fix the biggest issue with Chromebooks — the lack of a 15-inch Chromebook. Most Chromebooks come with an 11 or 13-inch screen, which is not sufficient for most people. While the company did launch the 15-inch Chromebook Pixel last year, its exorbitant price kept it out of the reach of most buyers. Here’s hoping that the company releases a powerful 15-inch Chromebook before the end of this year that does not burn a hole in one’s wallet.