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Google Planning to Launch 12.85″ Touchscreen Chromebook Next Year?

Google has rebooted their Chromebook series within the past few months with two new models for us to get our hands on, but rumor has it that they aren’t stopping there. According to DigiTimes, there is evidence pointing towards a new 12.85″ Chromebook coming out next year that will feature a screen that is touch sensitive. This all brings back memories of the Chrome OS tablet that was supposedly going to be launched, but Google seems to have found a better idea. 

Releasing a Chrome tablet in competition with Android tablets would have certainly failed, but you can imagine a touchscreen being implemented on the Chromebook easily. Throw in a flippable screen like Windows 8 laptops are using now and keep the low price and you’ve got yourself a nifty little device.

Would you be interested in a touchscreen Chromebook?

Via: Android Headlines

  • Randy Brooks

    Not interested. I think that the concept of cloud computing has merit but at this point in the game I’d be more interested in a touchscreen “Droidbook” or something like the Asus Transformer (which is why I just bought one). Of Google’s OS’s Android seems to bring more capability and support to the table. With the introduction of a touchscreen Chromebook I sincerely believe that at some point Chrome and Android will be unified.

  • With Windows 8 being such a fail and the fact that I will NEVER switch to iOS, I might just give this a look… {{-_-}}

  • I’d buy one in a heartbeat..

  • OS Android j.ust for smartphone and tablet pc. OS Chrome for computer like PC, Laptop, Notebook and Netbook. Google and Motorola Mobility planning to release Motorola Chromebook (combination between Webtop, Motorola LapDock 500 Pro and Chromebook)

    • WickedToby741

      I think Motorola could build a solid laptop if they put their mind to it.

  • Mike Yost

    I would certainly be behind this, if Google could prove that the device could be used for leisure and work. Oh, and a battery that lasts for more than 2 hours.

  • rk5406

    Hey DigiTimes! Where is my $99 Nexus 7?

  • joejoe5709

    I just don’t understand the point of a Chromebook. Sure they’re cheap but for a little more coin you have a Nexus10 which does SOOO much more. Heck these days (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) you can pick up a relatively decent “regular” 15″ laptop for $300-350. Like someone else said, this would need to support Chrome OS and also dual boot into Android OS. Otherwise, it’s a deal breaker. Nexus Chromebook anyone? Haha.

    • Justin Swanson

      I think the major benefit to the Chromebook is a keyboard. That would be the reason I would get one over a N10. People might want it because they do a lot of typing while traveling or around the house, but don’t want a full blow 15/17in laptop or a bulky desktop computer.

    • r0lct

      Primary reasons for me: Google Docs

  • YES, I would love a Chromebook with touch screen. I have Samsung series 5.5 and 3.0 Chromebooks right now. CB’s are like baseball cards. You can collect them.

    The key to touch on a laptop is proximity of screen-to-keys. Move keys up to top of lap and move screen to bottom of top. That’s a touch laptop. Simple. Cheap, in the case of Chromebook.

    And no Apple or Oracle lawsuits.

    AND…Google could make money on CB’s, unlike lawsuit infested “free” Android.

  • ddevito

    Dual boot Android and Chrome OS

  • Teng Taing

    they need to provide more stock of the ones they have now before announcing a brand new one….

  • I got the new Samsung Chromebook and love it. Couple of friends got them too. Its a great alternative to Mac and Windows. Great for might computing which is 90% of what I need.

    • Me, too. I’ve stopped using my MacBook Air except for compiling apps. Loving my Samsung series 3 ($250). Stopped using my Samsung 5.5 ($449) even tho the series three is a bit low on mem and proc. The series three is very portable and runs very cool. Btw, trackpads on these Samsung CB’s is perfect, too. As good as on a MBA.

  • Jon

    I would be interested in this. Windows 8 has pushed me over the edge. I just don’t even want to use windows anymore. The only app that keeps me coming back to windows is Photoshop.

  • This is the EXACT opposite of the direction I want Google to go in. With the release of Windows 8 and its obvious similarities to Windows Phone 8, as well as the on again, off again rumors that Apple is looking to consolidate all of its consumer offerings to one operating system instead of the current two, the future is clearly the average individual possessing one device.

    This device will be that person’s phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop all in one. The best way to get us to that end is by starting with our current mobile operating systems and expanding capability from there. Your phone is the only device you ALWAYS have on you – even people who sit at computers for work all day eventually step away…what stays with them? Their phone.

    To that end, what I really want to see is a Chromebook style laptop/netbook, but running Android, not ChromeOS. I understand that ChromeOS is nice, and many do like it (even I am tempted to purchase a Chromebook), but with everything slowly moving towards a single device, I simply do not understand this drive by Google to push ChromeOS alongside Android, instead of just expanding Android’s capability.

    • I’d like to see ChromeOS replace Android. And Google to fiberize the planet (I can dream).

      • Thomas B Crowley

        I think I did read a couple months back that they were looking at new metro areas to take their KC fiber build experience to.

    • justincase_2008

      I feel the same way. I own a ChromeBox but find myself messing with my phone or tablet cause of android apps and games.

    • Cowboydroid

      Because Chrome is a browser, capable of running on practically any architecture. Android is a more complex OS. Chrome is the future, it’s just in a very infant stage compared to Android. If you’re trying to predict the future of computing, you need to consider a lot more than what’s right in front of your face.

  • BrianLipp

    They need to get it over with and just merge Android and ChromeOS

  • Before people who have never used one start ripping on Chromebooks, I have a 550 and it’s one of the best consumer electronics purchases I’ve ever made. Chrome OS is an amazing idea/product and will only get better.

    • Totally agree.

    • justincase_2008

      Yeah i love my ChromeBox my monitor doesn’t even turn on before ChromeOS is booted and waiting.

    • Joseph Y.

      I hate my Chromebook. I wish I could return it but it was a gift.

      • Cowboydroid

        Sell it to me!

    • Thomas B Crowley

      I also totally agree. Purchased a 550 as soon as they came out – after using my CR48 until the hinge broke (still looking to see if I cant cheaply replace the hinge somehow, I have epoxied it so it works, but it kind of rubs and makes a cracking sound every time it opens now). Love the 550. It has become a workhorse, such that I take it to work and use it to remote into my work machine that sits at home constantly connected to the internet. I prefer to remote into my work machine, as I only need it for specific heavy apps (Primavera P6, MSProject, other Enterprise apps) – the rest of the time I jump out of that window and over to a faster experience on the web.

  • ksat

    Hell yes! I’m seriously considering a Samsung Chromebook (if I can ever find one IN-STOCK) but this might have me waiting….

    • kwubba

      Best buy seems to have them in stock (@ least here in Houston). I was able to snag one for my daughter there after all the online outlets were sold out.

      • r0lct

        My local BB has them too.

    • ddevito

      I ordered my 2nd one last week. They said they were sold out. Next day I got a shipping notification – comes Thursday

    • I already bought the Samsung series 3 ($250) Chromebook and it ships within reason. You can always sell it when (and if) the touch screen Chromebook appears. These things are great.

  • Read as: “Google planning on releasing Android laptop, doesn’t run Android.”

  • vitriolix

    If it was cheap yes I would buy one. I use my Chromebook Series 5 all the time, but would like a bit more RAM and a better processor. Touch would be interesting if it was something like the Lenovo Yoga

  • Why not integrate Android apps into Chrome OS? Let it all come together.

    • justincase_2008

      Sadly that will never happen. They are just to different beasts at this time.

    • Paul

      Or why not even combine Android and Chrome OS? Make having everything on the cloud an option in the system that people can choose upon activation. Many people would like this for their phones and tablets as well.

    • Cowboydroid

      Because Android apps are just wrappers for the real meat, the web services that power the apps. Android will in time morph into Chrome OS, not the other way around.

  • Mark Lewis

    Will it run Windows 8?

    • Dr_Buttballs



      Because it’s a Chromebook.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Troll in the dungeons!

      • Mark Lewis

        Apparently there is a fine line between joking and trolling.

    • God, I hope not.

  • WickedToby741

    Forget a touchscreen, I want to know why you still can’t get a Chromebook with LTE or HSPA+. I’m sure the lack of an HSPA version is due to some Verizon exclusivity clause that Google signed, but why just 3G? You’ve got a computer that’s supposed to be the web, the whole web, and nothing but the web and you decide to straddle it with Verizon 3G?

    Personally I’d love to see them go the same route with the Chromebooks as they have with Nexus devices. HSPA+ 42 only. Then, you have the freedom to choose AT&T, T-Mobile, or an MVNO like Simple Mobile or StraightTalk. Pop in your preferred SIM and go. But if you can’t give us that, at least give us the option of LTE on Verizon.

    I also think Motorola should make a Chromebook, but that’s a separate issue.

  • r0lct

    I was going to buy the $250 one, now I wait.

    • Buy the $250 one now. More fun than a barrel of monkeys. These are cheap enough to collect. And you can always resell. There is a built-up demand for CBs.

      • r0lct

        The thing is I can’t buy any more “computer devices” without a touchscreens any more. I was going to go against that for such a cheap device, now I won’t have to.

  • Matthew Runo

    Probably not something I would buy. I can get internet on all my android devices, so why buy another way to access the internet?

    • r0lct

      For me I want a keyboard device for a few uses and not worth buying a real laptop and not looking to buy a transformer just for a keyboard.

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    Nope! Pass

  • Brandon Sikes

    A Googasm just happened.