16 September 2013

Google, Intel, Haswell-based Chromebooks


















These new Chromebooks (coming later this year with Intel's new Haswell chip) look great, and are priced great, with lots of storage from Google --

Google Chrome Blog: A fresh mix of Intel-based Chromebooks — something for everyone: " . . . 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. Together with our hardware partners, we’ve been working on expanding the Chromebook family. Intel, who has been with us on this journey from day one, unveiled a new lineup of Chromebooks today based on the Haswell microarchitecture at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Intel’s latest processors sip less power to improve battery life by more than 2X over previous generations, while offering increased performance. This means these new Chromebooks last almost all day so you can focus on getting things done."

HP Chromebook 14 with Haswell hands-on (video): " . . . HP opted to adhere to the standard Chromebook keyboard layout instead of its own, and the trackpad has just a single button instead of the two found on the HP Pavilion 14. Other features include a HDMI port, 16GB of storage, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, an HD webcam, an SD card slot and a battery that promises up to 9.5 hours of continuous use. If you decide to buy one, it comes with 100GB of Google Drive for free for two years. The HP Chromebook 14 is priced at around $299.99 to start, and should be available for purchase before the holiday season."

Google and Intel Unveil Haswell-based Chromebooks » The Epoch Times: "Chromebooks are laptops running Google’s mostly open-source Chrome OS, which is mostly a web-browser based operating system based on Google’s own Chrome browser and the Chrome ecosystem of apps... Chromebooks seem to have been proving their point in sales: research firm NPD Group said that Chromebooks accounted for 20% to 25% of sales for the sub-$300 budget laptop market. Samsung’s $249 Chromebook has been on the top of sales charts for laptops on Amazon for several months now."

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Reuters India
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Sony reveals its own Chromecast-like BRAVIA Smart Stick device
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