Chinese electronics company Haier introduce its first Chromebook earlier this year. Now it looks like the company is preparing to launch a new version called the Haier Chromebook 11 G2.

The Chrome OS laptop showed up at the FCC website recently, along with photos and a user manual which make it clear that there are a few changes in this model, including one fairly big change: The Chromebook 11 G2 has an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor instead of a Rockchip RK3288 ARM-based processor.

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The new model also has 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB and features a USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 port rather than two USB 2.0 ports.

Other features are largely the same, including an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 16GB of eMMC 5.0 storage, an HDMI port, SD card slot, headset jack, stereo speakers, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The notebook has a 720p webcam, and a removable 36.5 Whr battery. The Haier Chromebook 11 G2 measures 11.5″ x 8.1″ x 0.8 and weighs 2.5 pounds.

The original Haier Chromebook 11 has a list price of $149. The new model has slightly more powerful hardware, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it costs a little more, but the FCC documents didn’t shed any light on how much the Haier Chromebook 11 G2 will cost.

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9 replies on “Haier’s 2nd Chromebook swaps Rockchip for Intel Celeron”

  1. Talking about efficient low power SoCs. What’s going on with AMD Beema and Mullins? I was hoping to see some reviews of devices using them but haven’t seen much. Although I haven’t been actively looking for them so I really don’t know much about their status. So anyone got some recent links for some light reading? Thanks!

    1. Beema doesnt meet the thermal requirements needed for this kind of products and mullins cant win any oems designs due to the intel supplying theirs bay trails free of charge or with super low price and currently they have added cherry trails to theirs product range

      Btw, there are many laptops featuring beema at least in Europe. Thing is, amd mobile socs are lagging behind intel ones in terms of performance with similar thermal signature, nearly two fold

    2. That’s because AMD’s Beema and Mullins are typically used in cheaper low end laptops, for example HP Stream 14 https://www.pcworld.com/article/2603782/hp-finally-unveils-its-300-amd-powered-stream-laptop.html using Mullins chip. As for reviews, can find plenty here https://www.notebookcheck.net/ for example, AMD’s Beema powered laptop: https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-15-g005ng-Notebook-Review.126027.0.html Do not expect great performance per watt nor good battery life from these chips though…

  2. Wait until the Central Planning Committee hears about this. Haier is in BIG trouble now comrade…

  3. They should have stuck with the rockhip, or if they wanted AMD, intel is like apple, way overpriced.

    1. True. only problem is that AMD lags behind when it comes to power efficiency, especially in ultra-thins. AMD is still the best choice for gaming rigs, but wouldn’t recommend a laptop with it.

    2. AMD’s have slow performance, poor battery life, and overheat at these TDPs. Why on Earth would anyone go AMD for a Chromebook?

    3. AMD was not interested Chromebooks: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2888434/amd-will-skip-chromebooks-until-prices-features-match-better-cto-says.html which IMHO was a major mistake https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2015/chromebooks-are-a-bright-spot-in-a-stagnant-b2b-pc-and-tablet-market-according-to-npd/ As for the reason switching to Intel’s Bay Trail chip, my guess is due to Rockchip RK3288 SoC’s slower (ARM Cortex-A17) core performance https://www.pcworld.com/article/2904093/hands-on-the-149-hisense-chromebook-succeeds-at-being-incredibly-affordable.html Note that web browsers still prefer good per core performance…

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