Google Announces Intel Haswell Powered Chromebooks
Chromebooks are taking the laptop market by storm at the moment. With a 20-25% market share of the $300 or less computer market, it’s hard to ignore them. I myself am writing this very post from my Samsung Series 5 550 Chomebook. But things are only just getting started for Google and their raft of Chromebooks, as the new generation Haswell powered Chromebook has been recently unveiled by Intel.
The new Intel Haswell powered Chromebooks offer a much improved battery life, with the Haswell architecture draining half the amount of power of previous CPU generations, it’s not hard to see why. As many people know, there is already a line up of Chromebook devices from HP, Samsung, and Acer. But Toshiba and Asus are also set to enter the fray with new devices including an Asus Chromebox (a desktop version of a Chromebook).
At the moment, the only devices that are listed from the new lineup are the new HP, and the new Acer offerings, it’s not yet clear when the new devices will actually be available, but you can sign up for updates on the Chromebook mini-site. The new offerings don’t really list much information about the specifications, or the price for that matter. The only thing that’s made clear is the screen size and the boot up time (less than 7 seconds), which would lead me to believe that both devices will be sporting an SSD of some kind.
A New Chromebox – Will It Work This Time?
Google have already had a stab at producing a Chromebox with Samsung, but it was a complete flop, and ultimately they decided to pull the product. Currently there are absolutely no details of the Asus Chromebox for us to give you, only the image below.
With mobility being one of the major selling points of the Chromebook, and the general consensus being that they are generally used as a secondary device (although that could change with the new Chrome Apps), I’m not sure if the new Asus Chromebox could be the desktop of the future. But only time will tell I suppose.
It’s great to see the slew of ChromeOS devices growing. I personally love mine, and I know a lot of other people out there love there’s just as much as I do. So this can only be a positive thing, which will hopefully benefit Chrome OS users everywhere. Should Microsoft be worried? I think so.
What do you guys think? Have you tried a Chromebook and hated it, or are you now completely enrolled in the Google ecosystem? Will you be upgrading to one of the new devices? I’d love to hear your thoughts!