The first Chrome OS laptops with Intel Core i3 Haswell chips are on the way. We already knew Acer planned to launch a Core i3 Chromebook this summer. Now Intel has announced that Dell will also launch a Core i3-powered Chromebook.

Both models are expected to have starting prices of $349.

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While you don’t necessarily need a super-speedy processor to run a browser-based operating system Intel and Google say that Chromebook users have been looking for devices with better performance.

Even web apps can use faster chips for performing tasks like converting documents to PDF files or editing images, for example. Faster chips also help with multitasking and running apps like Google Hangouts simultaneously with other web apps.

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3 replies on “Acer, Dell to launch $349 Chromebooks this year”

  1. My dream Chromebook:

    CPU- i3 (CPU mark > 2000)
    RAM: 4GB (or 2GB that can be upgraded)
    SSD: Any (as long as I can upgrade with my own SSD to put Linux on it)
    Weight: Less than 3 pounds
    Cost: $350 max

    That’s it, that’s all I want. Really hoping the new Acer C720 model can deliver this for me.

  2. What a LAUGH!, and an example of “marketing” at its worst.

    PC manufacturers quit making a computer at this cost-point computer–with capabilities that put the Chromebook to shame–because they couldn’t make a profit.

    Well, now we know how they’ve solved that pesky little problem:
    simply offer a ZERO-CAPABILITY COMPUTERSOMETHING and charge the same price for it.

    Now you know why why marketers make such big bucks.

  3. It seems ChromeOS is making quite a lot leeway on laptops and desktops. It seems a lot of computer companies are coming out with versions of Chromebook and Chromebox.

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