Chromebooks go Haswell, Google adds Toshiba, Asus to Chrome OS family

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.

Google Chromebooks with Haswell

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.

new hp chromebook14

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.

new acer chromebook

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.

  • brian

    Seems like the win8 mess has really left the door wide open for google to get a foothold in this market, unlike the early days of netbooks. And now that bay trail doesn’t suck as bad as all the previous atom “updates” more people might be willing to upgrade their netbooks when these parts start to show up.

    • LaChuck

      If Win8 was the only culprit than Red Hat and Ubuntu would have seen better sales.

      No. What’s making the Chromebooks sale favorably is probably more to do with the price. Remember the netbooks? It’s the same customers. The same students that are looking for the cheapest laptop to type on while in class or on the road.

  • Job

    give me a chromebook like the samsung xe303 im using right now but with a faster processor, better display and aluminum body and I am in for US600

  • sri_tech

    What you guys missed is Samsung (one of the few companies really pushed chromebooks) and Lenovo are missing from the list.
    They are not releasing any haswell chromebooks.

    • LaChuck

      Samsung has Tizen with their own web apis and native apis. They don’t need a thin linux like Chromebook unless it sells on it’s own.

      Lenovo has a Chromebook model from only a few month ago. They’ll probably want to clear the current stock first before doing any new models.