As mobile technology gets smarter and faster, many people are wondering what the next big innovation could be. Screens are already to the point where most eyes won’t be able to detect more pixels and sharper images; processing speed is so fast that it won’t matter if there are more cores or faster gigahertz; what is left to innovate?
Unfortunately, as technology has gotten better, batteries haven’t always been able to keep up. I notice this especially with the paltry 4-5 hours of battery life I get on my Chromebook Pixel, which excels in literally every other area except this one. That’s why I’m so thrilled about Google’s latest Chromebook announcement.
Starting this week, the Acer Chromebook 13 is now a part of the Chromebook family. This Chromebook uses the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which provides users with the same performance they are used to with up to 13 hours of battery life.
Starting at $279, the price isn’t bad, either. And better yet, Google says that a touchscreen version and 1080p HD version are on the way soon. For now, the standard base model features a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, a 2.1 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, an NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores, WiFi a/c connectivity, and two USB 3.0 ports.