Over the past month, Google has enjoyed moderate success with its Chromebook, aka Chromium netbooks. Since it runs a not-so-beefy operating system based on Linux, it does not requires a lot of horsepower to run. However, Google will be adding a lot functionality into it which might slow down things a little bit and it order to prevent that, Google will be swapping the current Atom N570 to Core i series processors.
All of the current Chromebook manufactures (Asus, Acer and Samsung) have agreed to Google’s decision and will be rolling out these upgraded models in 2012. However, the concerning thing here is the price tag. Since the core i series processors costs 2x (and in some cases 3x) than the Atom processors, the price of the Chromebooks will cross 500 dollars. Consumers will be unlikely to shell out 500 dollars for an OS that does a little more than just allowing you to surf the Internet.