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Google Announces New Intel Haswell-powered Chromebooks and Chromebox

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Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Google introduced a few new Chromebooks and a Chromebox that were made in partnership with ASUS and Toshiba, powered by Intel’s Haswell processor. The Haswell processor is known for its ability to bring more power, while also consuming less battery, which is good news for Chromebook users that can’t get through a full day of usage on their laptops. 

Google claims these new models can last “all day,” but we have yet to see any specs or tests on the new ChromeOS-powered machines.

Intel’s latest processors sip less power to improve battery life by more than 2X over previous generations, while offering increased performance. This means these new Chromebooks last almost all day so you can focus on getting things done.

Over the coming months, you’ll see Chromebooks from multiple device manufacturers. These include newly designed Chromebooks from Acer and HP, as well as new entrants ASUS and Toshiba.

You should see these new Chrome devices hit the market over the next couple of months, right in time for the holiday shopping season.

Currently own a Chromebook? Do you like it?

Via: Google Enterprise

  • Jeff

    The ChromeBOX looks like a perfect fit to replace my aging desktop….Are they for real – does anyone know?

  • It will be interesting to see how long these new processors actually do prolong battery life. Thanks for the article, will keep my eyes out.

  • Mark Schauwecker

    I got a snow blower and a ACER Chromebook for Christmas. The C-book hasn’t let me down yet!

  • S2556

    I have been waiting for the updated models for a while now. Getting one for my parents. Almost got them the sammy one but I just wanted the specs bumped a little higher.

  • Robert Richardson

    I actually just got my girl friend a new Chromebook for school and she loves it. i Plan on geting mine after the holliday when the newist ones begain to come out.

  • William_Morris

    I would switch completely to Chromebook for work if it had all the functionality Office in google docs. Sadly it does not :(.

    • DrummerBill2187

      Then get hooked up with SkyDrive.

      • William_Morris

        SkyDrive also doesn’t have full functionality. (My job requires a lot of work with doing weird table nesting and border removal and all that jazz in .doc files.)

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  • REBELista

    yes and YES!

  • Catedad

    A Chromebook is not a laptop replacement, and people judge it that way. No it can’t run programs or other things you may need, but it is the best portable laptop and I take my Samsung Chromebook EVERYWHERE. It’s definitely the best portable computer.

  • Diego Deleon

    i really like my chromebook as a second computer, but i will never replace my macs, basically because of the fact that I have to use specific software. But nevertheless, I really enjoy it chromebook, considering a chromebox for my TV

  • Mike

    We used a Chromebook as a Point of Sale system with a USB credit card reader plugged into it to sale retail items over the Summer. It worked flawlessly.
    As our company is Google Apps intensive we proved Chromebooks to our younger employees to use to send/receive their Gmail email etc.
    These laptops are the boss for multiple user Google accounts plus, maintaining these systems are a breeze compared to multiple user Windows systems.

  • gnico

    I was going to purchase a samsung chromebook for the chromecast support that was recently announced as I currently have a Acer Chromebook which doesn’t support tab casting for chromecast. Looks like I’ll be reconsidering for christmas.

  • Kal

    Frustrated that I bought the Samsung ARM Chromebook only for this to be announced. Right now, the biggest issue I’m having with my Chromebook is the stupid ARM architecture; I can’t install Dropbox or Wine. Other than that, it’s a nice laptop.

    • stef

      Rumours of new chromebooks on the horizon have been swirling for months now.

  • Kevin Faaborg

    I had a CR-48 and I loved it. I have a desktop computer that I had to use so little due to just using my chromebook all the time. Due to it being a prototype, the hinge broke about 10 months ago, but it got a very good use out of it and I plan on purchasing another soon.

  • PolarBear

    Chrome OS needs more offline support and at the same needs better office programs – and some software support i.e. AutoCAD. So I prefer to stay in Windows yet.

  • This is great news for me. I’m planning to get one of these before heading off to school next January. One thing that held me back was the lower end processors, but even if these aren’t i3 or better, a chip with better battery life and more power is always welcome.

  • Droidzilla

    Better battery life and performance than my already awesome Chromebook?

  • Tim Lawlor

    I have a Chromebook, the Samsung series 3 one. I really love it but wish it could stream netflix a little better. If they keep the price low i’ll definitely be buying another.

  • Daniel Walsh

    I want a Chromebook, but I’ve been waiting for the next gen ones coming this fall. Can’t wait.

  • Patricia Bell

    “my favorite color is chrome” from some country/western song but applies here.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I absolutely love the Pixel! I use it as much as I can over my MacBook Pro.

  • KRS_Won

    Now if they can just add the Seagate 500 GB storage along with it.

  • Shadowstare

    Haswell + Chromebook……….You have my full attention sir.

  • Jesse Laird

    Google is my ISP. They provide me with a terabyte in the cloud so I bought a chromebox. No regrets.

    • I hope you’re planning a chips and dip party for all of Droid-Life….

  • Duckie1217

    Love my Chromebook.

  • Cody Menlove

    I love my Samsung Chromebook and it already has excellent battery life, about 6 hours. Can’t wait to get my filthy paws on one that last even longer. It is the best note-taking device I have found for meetings and such with Google Keep syncing beautifully between all my devices, including reminders of to-do lists.
    I have a Nexus 7 that I bought for this very purpose and now I find that I just leave it at home and hardly pick it up anymore. The Chromebook was everything I wanted my tablet to be for work purposes. I now only use the 7 for gaming.

  • kfath1978

    Still rocking my CR-48!! When it dies I will be buying one for sure!

    • Sean Lally

      Yup, the kids use mine for homework these days.

  • LOVE my Samsung Chromebook!

  • Stephen

    I own the ARM chromebook, and it has become my primary computer. My laptop is only used for heavy usage for design etc. If the price was right, I would definitely consider a new version, even though the ARM chromebook is still kickin.

  • brkshr

    I’ll be getting a Toshiba if the price isn’t Chromebook Pixel outrageous.

    Edit: Most likely… of course I say this without seeing what each company has to offer.

  • Hohlraum

    Yes. I own one. Only thing I don’t like about it is the battery life. Ironically the article is about devices that will most likely have even worse battery life 🙂

    • DainLaguna

      Haven’t heard much about haswell I take it?

      • Hohlraum

        Nice, so intel is making x86 chips with better battery life than ARM? That is impressive.

        • DainLaguna

          Pretty much. The macbook air has gotten over 10 hours on several different battery tests. Windows machines have fared worse, but still very admirable.

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  • loony2nz

    Does this also mean an refresh for Chromebook Pixel? Article didn’t state the details on this chromebook version.

  • michael bourgoin

    i use the pixel. I got a great deal on the LTE one on ebay (i/o give away). It really is a great machine and does 95% of everything that i need it to do. I would not have paid the full ~1500 they wanted for it, but at nearly half the price – SOLD 🙂 great machine and a great platform. I really love it

    • googlyeyedfrog

      not sure how you pulled that one off. I was looking on ebay after they came out and they were listing for MORE than retail price. i think you got lucky

  • anywherehome

    And what should I do with the tens of bought apps for android? Buy it again for a Chromebook? No, thank you.
    It’s like incompatible Windows RT and Windows PC

    • decidedtochangename

      What app on Android would you re-buy on Chrome out of curiosity?

      • anywherehome

        app for restore, for sure expensive Sygic (hope it has GPS), MX player, splash top etc etc etc
        youre kidding right?

    • Adam Truelove

      Yeah, and I can’t use Android apps on Windows either. I’m never buying another Windows PC again. And my Xbox doesn’t run Android apps either, I’m never buying another game console again. And my toaster doesn’t run Android apps, it only toasts bread. Screw toasters.

      You do realize Chrome OS is not Android right? They are COMPLETELY different things. Just because they’re both made by Google doesn’t mean you should expect them to work together. You can’t run Windows phone apps on Windows 8, why would you expect this capability out of Google?

      • Jonathan Williams

        You can make Nintoasters out of them.

      • anywherehome

        yes, you dont install apps doesnt mean anyone does the same 😉
        mx player (other players), Plex, navigations, games etc etc etc
        think twice before posting

        “You do realize Chrome OS is not Android right?”
        yes, the reason Chrome OS is a fail….statistics never lie 🙂

    • Diego Deleon

      Android apps do not work on chrome OS, those are two completely different OS’s. Just like iOS7 doesnt work on a Macbook pro

      • anywherehome

        And that’s why Apple want to merge 😉

        • Diego Deleon

          Thats actually a brilliant idea

  • Adam Truelove

    I have a 550 Chromebook (The $450 Samsung one). BEST TECH PURCHASE EVER. Seriously, it is one of the best consumer electronics products I have ever owned.

    • mustbepbs

      Care to elaborate? I’ve always been interested in them, but didn’t know largely what they’re used for. It’s basically just a browser with Google Apps, right? Oh and the apps available to Chrome itself.

      • Adam Truelove

        This is only about the 550 I have as I’ve not used the others.

        You get a super fast, lightweight, always up to date, well built small laptop with great battery life. As far as software you get a minimal desktop OS experience with Chrome and everything it’s capable of, including some offline apps and everything that’s in the Chrome Web Store.

        It’s VERY difficult to explain Chrome OS, you just have to use it. If you’re a heavy Google services user and have a “real” PC to fall back on if you need it, then a Chromebook is perfect for a mobile cloud computing solution.

        • mustbepbs

          Hmm. I don’t like products that require other products to be useful. Seems like not a good fit for me. Thanks for the info.

          • JBartcaps

            What like requiring a gmail address? That’s ALL you need for a Chromebook

          • mustbepbs

            No, requiring a “real” PC to fall back on.

          • JBartcaps

            Nope not a requirement, just a suggestion from Adam. My best advice is to try one out, easier said than done.

          • starnovsky

            It’s a requirements if you need to something that doesn’t run in web browser.

          • michael arazan

            Can I download and run software like a regular pc/ laptop? Instead of down;oading it to the chromebook it just downloads to Drive instead but is usable like a PC? Like Video programs, Video players, open office, and such like that? And can you play PC games, or flash based games?

          • CAC1031

            It depends–I have Windows machines that I haven’t used in months. If you have software installed that is really important to you then you won’t totally give up your PC. But most functions such as photo editing can be well-replicated online now. The only thing is you have to have a Google cloud-print compatible printer to bypass another OS, otherwise you have to print through a PC that has the printer’s driver installed.

  • decidedtochangename

    I returned my Samsung one as I thought the video playback was not up to par. Hopefully these new one will cure that and I’ll hold onto one.

  • Curtis

    Have a Chromebook… buying another!

    Note: Still use Windows laptop, but can’t beat portability and functionality of Chromebook.

    • JBartcaps

      Exactly my situation I am in! Wonder what the pricing will be.

      • what about offline working and offline storage of files? are usb flash drives recognized? thx

        • Alex Alexander

          External HD, SD cards…

        • Recognized and there is plenty of built-in storage too. It’s not like you’ll be editing video or anything on a Chromebook.

    • Alex Alexander

      I stopped using Window laptops months ago and the only final step to say goodbye finally is a Chrome OS supported printer.

      • Tom

        Alex, just curious… have you tried Cloud Print? I recently got a Google Cloud Print ready Brother printer and it’s been fantastic with my Chromebook. I haven’t found any limitations yet …that’s also partially why I ask, there may be something I should be aware of! Cheers

        • Alex Alexander

          I have an Epson printer that is setup in a Google Cloud Print but I have to keep on my Window laptop to print through it, if my laptop is off the Chromebook doesn’t find the printer.
          My solution is a new Epson printer with Chrome support.

    • NYCLawyer

      I am donating my Windows Laptop to my synagogue. My Chromebook does everything I need at less than half its weight. I would consider buying a new one, but am not sure why. It has way more functionality than any tablet I have ever used, although the tablets are nice for reading on.

  • If they can get a good RDP solution to where I can access a Windows machine, I would consider one. I have Windows only software I have to run, unfortunately. Also, there are a lot of ‘Desktop as a Service’ services popping up which would allow the best of both worlds.

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    • Futbolrunner

      Why would you down vote this?

      • decidedtochangename

        While I didn’t I could see someone doing it. If someone by now doesn’t remember/care today is 9/11 then a blog post isn’t going to help them out.

        • brkshr

          …and it’s a crappy attempt at getting votes, just like AT&T using it for marketing.

          • cheese

            I don’t think Apple would be too happy neither seeing their product in that distasteful image promoted by AT&T. Let’s see if this story gathers steam and more calls for boycotts grow.

            I remember my father and I both cried that night (I was 18 that day). Giuliani requesting 20,000 body bags… It was just horrific that night.

          • Guest

            Looks like the new Blackberry.

            My Dad is career firefighter and also part of FEMA(Which most people hate for no real reason) for disasters, man was it tough being yanked out of school to see my Dad leave for the Pentagon

          • Brandon Golway

            How is it distasteful? It’s just a picture of The Twin Towers (or lack of them, I can’t really tell), not like it has the planes crashing into them or anything. If this would any other day of the year, would you still consider the picture to be distasteful?

          • JamesU513

            Its distasteful because they are using 9/11 to advertise…its not just the twin towers, its the twin towers being viewed through one of their phones (product placement)

          • Brandon Golway

            Meh. People get too butt-hurt over little things.