Since the first Chromebook was launched back in 2010, Chrome OS powered devices have come a long way. They have become more powerful, energy efficient and have added plenty of new features to replace the costlier alternatives like windows powered notebooks.
Almost every year, partner companies like HP and Acer announce new Chromebooks in the market, but still, consumers have a lot less options when it comes to Chromebooks as compared to windows powered notebooks.
However, that’s all going to change as Intel has announced 20 new Chrome OS powered laptops in the market and many new manufacturers have come ahead to launch their own Chromebooks. This is the first time so many Chromebooks are launched in a year, and it could very well mean that Google means business with its growing OS.
Back when Google unveiled the first Chromebook with Samsung, many experts thought that the device would not do well in the market. They were not wrong to think so, as Chrome OS basically runs on the Chrome browser and who would have thought that a browser alone could do most of the things that a working individual needs.
Intel’s partnership with Google dates back to the original Chrome OS powered laptop prototype and today’s announcement just confirms that the partnership has strengthened further. Many of the 20 new Chromebooks run on the latest low power Bay Trail processors, while the others run on Haswell and 4Th generation Core i3 processors.
So, by the end of the year, consumers will have a lot of new options to choose from, with different processor options, design, features and so on. A few of the models will even sport a touchscreen display, for users who are comfortable working on the device using touch inputs.
Many new OEMs have joined the party and soon, the market will be flooded with Chromebooks from major manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. The good news is, most of these laptops would run on the Bay Trail processor and hence, the battery life will be more than 11 hours. So, these devices could run almost an entire day with a single charge.
Also, Intel adds that all the processors that run on these Chromebooks will be made from conflict free metals. This means that these mineral were not mined by the slaves from the Republic of Congo. So, this would make it the world’s first conflict free microprocessors.
Given that Chrome OS is gaining some ground, it would be interesting to see how Microsoft reacts to this news.
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