Chromebooks continue to gain in popularity, and Toshiba has no interest being left at the alter. They just announced the Chromebook 2 which appears to be pretty solid for the price.
There will be two versions. The economical version will sport a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display, a 2.16 GHz dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip (Celeron N2840), and 2 GB of RAM, HDMI out, headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11ac. This one will go for $249.99.
Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.
Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.
Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
At Google I/O last week, Google announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps — which ones? Well, according to Google, that’ll be up to you.
While we can’t expect Google and developers to make all of our favorite apps available on both platforms, we can certainly ask.
Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon decided to kill off the 2-year offer of 100mb per month of 4G LTE that was given to many Chromebook Pixel owners. For whatever reason, they cut it off at the 1-year mark leaving owners hanging. Well leave it to Google to come to the rescue. They are offering a credit of $150 to all those who bought the Chromebook Pixel when the deal was offered.
Google and Intel held an event earlier today to talk about Chromebooks. As expected a slew of Chromebooks were introduced. More than 20 to be exact, and the many of them will be powered by Intel’s Bay Trail chips, which should yield 11 hours of battery life.
Manufacturers on hand included Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. Interestingly enough Samsung wasn’t there. Earlier today, we reported about Lenovo’s new N20 and N20p, but they just announced a 64-bit version of the Yoga Chromebook. Last week, Acer teased an upcoming i3 Chromebook, and today it was revealed as the C720. Dell will also offer an i3 Chromebook 11 as well.
Earlier today Google and Intel unveiled a number of Chromebooks, but there was also another tidbit. Chrome OS is going to get the ability to play Google Play content offline. Google Play Movies will be the first, but we suspect Play Music will be added at some point as well. Look for this new feature to be available in the coming weeks.
The Chromebook scene will be getting more crowded after today. Lenovo is the first company to unveil some new devices running Chrome OS. Here we have the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook, the latter of which features a touch-enabled display. Both of them are 11.6-inch displays with a 1366×768 resolution.
Inside is an Intel Celeron processor based on Haswell microarchitecture. The maximum storage available will be 16GB and RAM will top out at 4GB. For these maximum specifications, though, you will obviously be paying more than the starting price.
On the sides, Lenovo gives you a ton of ports. There are two USB ports, one HDMI port, and an SD card slot. While the non-touch N20 Chromebook is your run-of-the-mill Chromebook, the N20p Chromebook’s display can be folded back to be put into Stand Mode (or Tent Mode as Lenovo calls it on PCs). The N20 Chromebook will arrive in July starting at $279 and the N20p Chromebook will carry a $329 price tag in August.
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Acer introduced the Iconia Tab 7, teased a new smartphone and wearable, but they had one more trick up their sleeve. They showed a new Chromebook that will sport an Intel Core i3 Haswell CPU. Acer is saying that it will be the “most powerful Chromebook on the market.”
Details are scarce, but this new model will be based on the same chassis as the C720 line of 11.6-inch Chromebooks. They will offer 14 and 15-inch models, and the base model should be available this Summer.