Yesterday, @evleaks posted an image of a mysterious Chrome-branded device that featured the same faux leather back found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And now, just a short time ago, he posted what the actual device is called and what it will look like. The Chomebook 2 is its name and it features all of that faux leather goodness on its lid. Do consumers want a massive amount of faux leather on a Chromebook? I beg to differ. But other than that, this actually looks like an attractive, slim Chromebook. » Read the rest
Another unexpected leak has arrived on this Saturday afternoon. What we are looking at, courtesy of @evleaks, is a Chrome-branded device that features the same faux leather back featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Along with supplying the image, @evleaks says “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…” So what exactly is this unidentified device? More likely than not it is a Chromebook. It features Chrome’s logo alongside the Chrome name. » Read the rest
The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?
Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!
Lenovo isn’t stopping with a major purchase this week. The company has announced two new laptops to join the ThinkPad brand. And guess what, they are Chromebooks. The official series is known as 11e and it breaks down into four laptops, two of which are Chromebooks and two of which are Windows laptops.
Being that schools are the target, Lenovo has fortified them with “rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges are included to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom.” The ThinkPad 11e Chromebook is just your average Chromebook; however, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook has four modes to position it in: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Depending on what you are doing, adjusting is easy with the different modes. The non-Yoga model will have an 11.6-inch HD LED display while its flexible partner will feature a touchscreen with wider viewing angles.
Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.
The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.
Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.
The NPD Group has released some sales numbers and analysis for computing devices sold in the commercial channel for Jan. – Nov. 2013 that show a changing landscape led by demand for Android and Chromebook devices. According to NPD, sales of computing devices – desktops, notebooks, and tablets – increased 25.4 percent compared to the same period for 2012. NPD notes that Chromebooks and Android tablets “collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth” for the year so far. Perhaps the most stunning number to come out of their analysis is the fact that Chromebooks now account for 21 percent of all notebook sales in this channel. With one out of every five notebooks being deployed to business and institutional buyers being a Chromebook, we should probably expect to see that start to influence the retail consumer market as well. » Read the rest
Google’s Chromebooks are taking off with multiple manufacturers pushing multiple low priced options to consumers. What’s great is that we’re seeing decent specs accompanying those low price tags. Samsung looks to be raising the bar with their next generation of ARM Chromebooks. Said to feature a Exynos octa-core CPU, the device will also come with a 12 inch (possibly less) 2560×1440 display. On top of that, the device may come with either 16GB or 32GB solid state drives and 3GB of RAM. It is said to also boast about 7 hours of battery life per charge.
A lot of Google’s success with Chromebooks has had a lot to do with the sub $300 price range and has appealed to budget-conscientious folk. The new generation ARM Chromebook will be no different as it will also feature a price somewhere between $250 and $300. We’re not sure when we’ll see it released but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!
People that took advantage of the HP Chromebook 11′s charger recall are now receiving its replacement. As we noted previously, the design is very different. For some reason, the charger is smaller than the original even though the issue was the handling of heat generated. According to Android Central, the cable is about six feet long and the USB cable is built into the brick itself. This means that Google really does not want users using other cables with the Chromebook 11.
Google threw in two extra goodies worth taking a look at. First is a note from the The Chromebook Team that apologizes for the matter. The second is a $25, yes twenty-five dollars, gift card for the Google Play Store. Not a bad way to say sorry, right? If you still have the original charger, feel free to send it back.
Source: Android Central
Last month, HP Chromebook 11 sales came to a halt when a defect with the charger was found. The device was immediately pulled from retailers across the country and left without a return date. The charger was reportedly overheating after the first few charges and Google urged owners not to use the charger any longer. But now a new one has arrived in the Play Store that will cost $19.99; however, it is currently listed as “coming soon.” The new charger is stamped with the Chrome logo and should be arriving shortly. Those affected by the recall will be able to pick one up for free.
Source: Google Play Store
If you were planning on purchasing a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you previously only really had one option: at $1,299, Google’s Chromebook Pixel was the only laptop running Chrome OS with a touchscreen.
However, for only $299, you’ll soon be able to get Acer’s C720P Chromebook which features a touchscreen. It’ll be available on Amazon and in Best Buy, and on Acer’s online store.
Startup is still only 7 seconds, and features 7.5 hour battery life. The processor is also a Haswell-based Intel Celeron CPU— all very nice.
You’ll get 32GB of flash storage, more than the 16GB offered by the other model’s in Acer’s C720 line. (This Chromebook is essentially the same as the $199 version, but includes the touchscreen.)
If you’re looking for a device to get some lightweight work done on the go, then this Chromebook is certainly an awesome option.