Google has announced that the latest Chrome OS laptop and desktop computers will feature Intel Haswell processors, offering better performance and lower power consumption than some earlier models.
Acer, HP, and Toshiba will offer some of the first Haswell-powered Chromebooks, while Asus will introduce a new Chromebox with a Haswell chip.
This is the first time Asus and Toshiba have offered Chrome OS devices. Notably absent from the list? Samsung. While the South Korean company has been offering Chromebooks and Chromeboxes from the start, it looks like there’s no new Haswell-powered Chromebook from Samsung yet.
Samsung’s latest Chromebook, then, is a model that takes a very different approach toward offering long battery life and speedy performance. The Samsung Chromebook XE303 features a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor.
As for the new Haswell-powered devices, it looks like HP is updating its 14 inch Chromebook14 with new Haswell processor, Acer and Toshiba will launch new laptops with Haswell chips, and Asus will launch a tiny desktop computer or “Chromebox” running Google’s browser-based operating system.
The updated HP Chromebook14 measures 0.81 inches thick, weighs 4.1 pounds, boots in 7 seconds, and offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life, which is about twice as much as you’d get from the previous model.
It has 16GB of storage, WiFi, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and optional 4G mobile broadband with 200MB of free data per month from T-Mobile for 2 years.
The new HP Chromebook14 is expected to ship before the holiday season for about $300.
Acer’s new Chromebook has an 11.6 inch display, measures 0.75 inches thick, weighs 2.76 pounds, boots in 8 seconds or less, and offers up to 8.5 hours of battery life, which is more than twice that offered by the Acer C7 Chromebook.
It has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, an HDMI port, 2 USB port, and an SD card slot.
The new Acer Chromebook is expected to be available by the 2013 holiday season.
All told, that means there are now six companies offering Chrome OS hardware (Acer, Asus, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba), not counting the Chromebook Pixel, a $1299 model with a high-resolution display which is offered directly by Google. Most Chrome OS devices sell for much lower prices, typically around $200 to $500.