Chromebooks Looking to Get a Hardware Upgrade To the Core i Series

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20 Jul, 2011 11:59 pm

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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.

Via Slashgear

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  • Hyper TeHK

    This is bad, really bad.
    I don’t know how anyone can consider this good news.

    These where suppossed to be ARM devices. With an x86 in it, the battery life will fall down to 15% of what it could have been.
    ARM can be the future unless we let intel kill it.

    I suppose I should be glad to be rid of the Atom in yet another device, but why not switch to a cortex a15 / quad core a9 (nvidia will have on available in 2 months)