Google announced several new Chromebook devices based on Intel Haswell chips are on the way over the next few months. By using the new chips from Intel, the devices will perform faster and consume their batteries at about half the rate of current devices. Manufacturers of the new devices include Acer, HP, ASUS and Toshiba. For potential buyers who have been interested in a ChromeOS running device but put off by the typical small size of existing Chromebooks, one of the new devices is a 14-inch laptop being produced by HP, which should be available in a variety of colors and boasting a 9.5-hour battery life.
Other devices include a new Acer Chromebook in the 11.6-inch range, a Toshiba produced Chromebook that appears to be in the 12- to 13-inch range, and a Chromebox device from ASUS. Google indicates six of the top laptop manufacturers now offer Chromebook devices. More devices are expected in the coming months as Google continues to solidify its position in the sub-$300 segment of the market where Chromebooks account for 20-25% of devices. Google also notes more than 5,000 schools representing 20% of schools districts in the U.S. have deployed Chromebooks to their students, which should establish a solid base of future users who are comfortable with Chromebooks.
Exact availability dates and pricing are not yet available. However, you can sign-up for updates for both the HP and Acer devices.