Nobody would have imagined, but it happened. At IDF 2013, Google presented and shown the new generation of Chromebooks. New model from HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, Acer Chromebook (2013), ASUS and Toshiba were presented, which, for now do not have a name yet.
All of these Chromium laptops were equipped with processors Intel Haswell for greater performance and efficiency of the system. The HP model is named just of HP 14 Chromebook. It has thickness of 20 mm and a weight of 1.85 kg and, according to data released by Google, will be able to resume from standby in 7 seconds and run (continuously) for 9.5 hours on a single charge. Under the hood, in addition to Intel Haswell processor and a display of 14-inch (1366 x 768 pixels), it comes installed with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage (up 100 GB of Google Drive), Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB 3.0 ports , SD card reader, 4G modems for broadband connectivity with 200MB of free data per month, thanks to a two-year subscription with T-Mobile.
HP has made a brave new choice, leaving the past behind. The new Chrome OS notebook, in fact, has a simple but effective design. It comes with different colors that will be available (white, light blue and pink). HP 14 Chromebook will go on sale for Christmas at about $299 in the U.S. We however, do not know the date of release in European market.
Then, there’s the new Acer Chromebook whose specs include 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixels), thickness of 18 mm and weight of 1.2Kg. In this case, the wake from standby is 8 seconds and the battery life is around 8.5 hours, about twice as much as offered today by Acer Chromebook C7. The equipment is completed by an HDMI port, two USB ports and a slot for SD cards. This model will be available for the Christmas holidays at a price of 249 euros. From the first hands-on, it feels very thin, almost an ultrabook.
To the list of new models, we should add two more names, ASUS and Toshiba . The latter will introduce a Chromebook with Intel Haswell while ASUS churn out its first ChromeBox. Samsung, one of the companies that earlier bet on Chrome OS seems to be missing in action this time.