Many reckoned Acer took an unnecessary gamble fitting punchy Intel Core i3 “Haswell” processors inside Chromebooks, thus raising the price bar, but apparently, Dell thinks there might be demand for higher-end Chrome OS laptops too.
Yes, Dell, a Chromebook rookie, which made its debut in the inexpensive computer class back in January, rolling out a hugely popular education-oriented 11 incher. Their Chromebook 11 actually became so popular that Dell ran out of stocks a little while ago, so at the end of the day, it’s not surprising a beefier sequel is being prepped.
One with Haswell speed, it’s worth reiterating, plus 4 GB RAM and most of the original Chromebook 11’s other features. So yeah, the display will be fairly modest once again, at 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution, but on the bright side, the battery should deliver up to 10 hours of life on a single charge.
Quite the whopper, now let’s see if Dell can compete against Acer in Core i3 Chromebook affordability. Unveiled in Japan with little fanfare, the updated Chromebook 11 is in need of official pricing details, but I can’t see it cross the $350 mark. $400, tops. Meanwhile, inventory of the old Celeron version shall be replenished before long, so don’t even think of complaining on account of lack of options.