Acer plans to launch the first Chrome OS laptop powered by an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor by the end of the year. While the company hasn’t shared many details about the upcoming device, China Times reports it’s expected to sell for about $349.
According to the Chinese news site, Acer will also launch a few other Chromebook models by the end of 2014, continuing to flesh out the company’s line of inexpensive laptops running Google’s browser-based operating system.
Up until now the only Chromebook to feature an Intel Core processor has been the Google Chromebook Pixel, which has a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and a hefty $1299 price tag.
Acer’s current line of Chromebooks are much cheaper, with starting prices as low as $199 (or even less if you don’t mind buying a refurbished model). The latest Acer C720 Chromebooks feature 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, Intel Celeron 2955U processors, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. There’s also a model with a touchscreen display.
The new Core i3 model will have a faster CPU, but other specs will likely remain the same. Acer has said the upcoming Chromebook will have the same chassis as the C720 series, which means we can probably expect an 11.6 inch screen, a chiclet-style keyboard, and a weight of under 3 pounds.