Skip to main content

Intel teases new Haswell-based Chromebooks for Christmas release

Intel has unveiled a new lineup of Google Chromebooks based on the chip maker's new Haswell microarchitecture.

PC makers like HP, Acer, Toshiba, and Asus will all offer Haswell-based Chrome OS devices in time for the holiday season, Intel announced as part of its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

Chromebooks are expected from HP, Acer, and Toshiba, while Asus is working on a Chromebox, a mini PC running Chrome OS for people who want some screen flexibility in their Chrome OS experience.

"Just in time for the holidays, these newly designed Intel-based Chromebooks use less power while offering increased performance and amazing battery life," Intel said in a statement.

"As one of the largest contributors to open source, Intel continues to work closely with Google to deliver Chromebooks that reflect Intel's unique software strategy supporting multiple operating systems that run best on Intel architecture."

According to Caesar Sengupta, Google's product management director for Chromebooks, the upcoming devices will "last almost all day so you can focus on getting things done."

He also promised new designs - "from a light and portable Acer Chromebook, to the large display on the HP Chromebook 14, which comes in various colors; from the versatility and portability of the Toshiba Chromebook, to the Asus Chromebox, suitable anywhere you need a computer."

The HP Chromebook is expected to be available before the holiday season starting at $299.99 (£190), HP said. It will include a 14in HD display with a 16GB solid-state drive, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and a combination headphone and microphone jack. There will also be optional 4G connectivity via T-Mobile, and certain models will include 200MB of free data per month for two years.

The announcement means that six of the top PC makers are now offering Chromebooks; thus far, Acer, HP, and Samsung have released their own versions of the Internet-based laptops. Google also partnered with a small, undisclosed ODM partner to manufacture the Chromebook Pixel.

"The value proposition of the Acer Chromebook line resonates with consumers, education and a growing number of businesses, as more work is done by teams that collaborate, create and connect using a wide and varied range of apps for learning, research, fun and work," Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer for Acer America, in a statement.

"The new Acer Chromebook will inspire greater innovation for developers and in turn, for our customers in numerous markets."

More details and specs from each company are expected in the coming months.