One of the complaints against the Chomebook is that its too expensive for what is essentially netbook hardware. So its great news for the smartbook form factor that Intel is rumored to be giving Google Chromebooks a 10-20% discount on Core i Series processors that will end up in the cloud based devices. Currently, Chromebooks are running Intel Atom N570 processors which are netbook internals, its actually possible to pick up an 10.1″ model with the same hardware for $299.
The added performance might capture the attention of enthusiasts that were bothered by having to pay up to $100 more than a competing Windows 7 notebook with more performance.
Although, to be honest, I’m not sure if adding a faster processor is going to drive sales, though it will certainly take done one of the major barriers for purchase.