Microprocessor vendor Intel today announced the launch of new Chrome devices from its OEM vendors such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG Electronics and Toshiba.
The new Chrome devices are using Intel Celeron processors based on the Bay Trail-M system-on-chip (SoC) or Intel Core i3 processor.
Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group, said: “Intel has grown to become the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome systems. We’ve been working on five generations of Chrome and after Google, Intel is the largest contributor to the Chromium OS. Intel chips are the first and only to support 64-bit Chrome OS.”
Intel said the new Chromebook devices powered by Intel’s Celeron processors based on the Intel Bay Trail-M SoC deliver up to 11 hours of battery life.
Lenovo announced its first consumer Chromebooks, the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook.
ASUS announced two new Chromebooks, the ASUS 11.6-inch C200 and ASUS 13.3-inch C300, which will begin shipping this summer.
Acer Chromebook device will be equipped with the new Celeron processors based on the Bay Trail-M SoC. It will be available later this year.
Intel wireless 802.11ac will be included in all updated Celeron Chromebooks. This technology provides up to 3 times the throughput.
Intel also previewed its Education Chromebook reference design. Intel customers can customize the reference design to reduce development time. Intel-based education Chromebook will be available in the near future from a variety of customers.
Intel introduced new Chromebooks based on the 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor, starting at $349. Dell and Acer are the first to bring high-performance Chromebooks powered by the Intel Core i3 processor to market.
Acer launched its new C720 Chromebook with the 4th generation Core i3 processor for $349.99.
LG Chromebase (model 22CV241 will be available for a price of $349 at Amazon, Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center, Newegg and Tiger Direct. It comes with 100GB Google Drive, free for 2 years.
Caesar Sengupta, vice president, product management, Chrome OS at Google, said: “With two of the three best-selling laptops on Amazon.com during the most recent holiday season, and now in nearly 10,000 schools, Chrome devices are providing to be a great computer for the way people work and live today.”