Earlier today Google announced a “fresh mix” of new Chrome OS devices, all powered by Intel’s new power-sipping Haswell processor. Over the coming months, we can expect to see new devices from Acer, HP, ASUS, and Toshiba, and Google is even giving us a peak at three devices that are coming very soon.
First, Acer and HP are both releasing new Chromebooks, and while a full spec sheet hasn’t been released yet, we do know some juicy details. The new Acer Chromebook will feature an 11.6-inch display with up to 8.5 hours of use and a boot time of only eight seconds. It’s only 0.75-inches thick and will weigh 2.76 pounds. The new HP Chromebook will keep the same large 14-inch screen size of its predecessor, and also include a 7-second boot time and 9.5 hours of battery life. It’s 0.81-inches thick and will weigh just over four pounds.
Interestingly, the Chromebox isn’t dead, even though most people feared the worst after Samsung decided to stop manufacturing its own version of the device. Instead, ASUS is taking over the Chromebox reigns, and we should probably expect that sometime after the new Chromebooks from Acer and HP are released.
For those who continue to claim that Chrome OS is a massive failure, Google also took the opportunity to flaunt some numbers, too: According to research firm NPD, Chromebooks make up 20-205% of the less-than$300 computer market, and more than 5,000 schools have deployed Chromebooks for their students, making up more than 20% of school districts in the US.
Are you excited about the new Haswell Chromebooks?