HP has unveiled a bunch of new products that will be launching in time for the holiday shopping season. Among the new products are several new Chromebook computers including new 11-inch HP Chromebook and a new 14-inch HP Chromebook.
Toshiba's Chromebook 2 computer has gone official and it is packing some features that Chromebook fans will appreciate. The new machine still offers a 13-inch screen packed inside a small 12-inch chassis. Two versions of the Chromebook 2 will be available with one offering a full HD 1920 x 1080 screen with IPS technology with the base model offering 720p resolution.
The Acer Chromebook 13 is probably the first Chromebook out there sporting NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip, and it looks like it’s not too shabby at all. Both NVIDIA and Acer are harping on such qualities multi-tasking performance and the device’s mobile form factor. But at the top of the list is probably an industry first – 13 hours of battery time for the device.
The HP SlateBook 14 was announced in June, which we dutifully covered for all of you here. But the big announcement now is that the 14-inch Android netbook-slash-laptop replacement is now shipping and you could actually get yourself one for USD$430. But the question really is, would you want to? Allow us to remind you what you’re potentially getting into.
If you thought Google's Chrome OS-toting laptop wannabe's were dirt cheap, then wait for MediaTek to join the club. Recent commits to the open source Chromium source code revealed a MediaTek employee adding support for what could be a Chromebook running on its chips. But the question is, of course, whether it will actually be worth the price.
To date most Chromebooks have been powered by the smaller mobile processors – including Intel’s Atom and Celeron processors, and Samsung’s Exynos. With the exception of Google’s Pixel – which is powered by an Intel i5 chip –the Chromebook market has been the territory of smaller processors. Acer is looking to change that by putting out two Chromebook variations under the C720 model powered by 4th gen Intel i3 processors.
Los Angeles schools were originally looking to get an iPad into the hands of every student. But coming as a recent strategy shift -- it is now looking like there will be a few options to choose from -- one of which will be a Chromebook. For now distribution of the iPads have been put on hold, and options along with the Chromebook will include a Microsoft Surface Pro, Lenovo Yoga Touch and Dell Latitude E7240.
Google Play for Education isn't a new setup, however it has recently come available for Chromebooks. The Chromebook setup will be familiar to those who had used Google Play for Education on a tablet. Essentially, this makes it easier for teachers to find and share content.
It is not widely known that there is not a single Chromebook out there with an NVIDIA chip powering it. If you look under the hood, most netbooks running Google’s Chrome OS will have either an Intel mobile processor or in some cases, Samsung’s Exynos chips. This is why Acer’s CB5 Chromebook, whose pictures leaked online, is a bit strange – it is rumored to have an NVIDIA chip powering it.
Google Play Movies, which is the mothership’s semi-ubiquitous movie streaming service, is adding supported countries to its already considerable list. In March this year, Google added over 40 countries to the places where Google Play Movies can be used, and today it is adding 21 more.