Low end hardware. Barely any onboard storage. Limited software support. These are some of the things that come to mind when one mentions Chromebooks. But times are changing.
And they are changing fast — as this Acer device, with an Intel Core i3 CPU shows.
Dell has become the newest company that believes higher end Chrome OS laptops have a market, and is said to be working on one that is based on the latest Intel Core i3 processor. This Chromebook 11 device reportedly has computing and graphical processing prowess in line with midrange notebooks.
But the question remains, where will all this extra processing goodness be used?
Surely, you cannot play the latest graphically intensive games on Chromebooks, nor can you run local CAD software to create serious 3D designs. That is why most such devices use Intel Celeron CPUs.
Then again, this visual fidelity comes part and parcel of the latest Intel processors, and it is there for the taking. What is not there is a traditional storage space, as the upcoming device only comes with a downright paltry 16GB capacity under the hood.
Chances are that Dell will only include a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution screen, and pair it with 4GB or RAM, in a package that might sell for anywhere between $300 to $400.
No estimates on the launch date, but whenever these new devices debut, they will surely face tough competition from newer notebooks that Microsoft is helping bring to market with price tags around the impressively inviting $250 mark.