Google Announces New Chromebooks – Swaps x86 for ARM

Posted by at 3:32 pm on October 18, 2012

Google announced today the latest version of its Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks. These new models sport significantly lower price than past Chrome devices. There is a new 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook coming in at $249. The new device will be available for pre-order today and will be available for purchase in physical retail locations next week.

The new Chromebook leaves the the x86 world to sport a dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos Dual Soc ARM CPU. ¬†Other tech specs include; 2GB RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. Its matte display outputs at 1366×768. It’s less than 0.8 inches thick and weighs less than 2.5 pounds. It has HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a SIM slot.

The new Chromebook will be packaged along with 100GB of free space on Google Drive. Google believes that its battery will get the average user through an average day, but has topped out the expected life at about 6.5 hours on a single charge.

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