Google and Intel announce Chromebooks “in more shapes, sizes and colors”

Google Chrome OSAs expected, Google and Intel today took to the stage to unveil new Chromebooks. Powered by Intel processors, the new Chromebooks will come from a range of manufacturers and in “an entire range of shapes, sizes, colors and configurations.”

Among the companies to offer new Chromebooks is Lenovo. It unveiled two models, the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, to focus on the education market where Chromebooks are making real inroads. The former features a traditional laptop design but the N20P incorporates a touchscreen and the hinge from Lenovo’s Yoga line of laptops to enable tablet or tented-angle usage.

Following the launch of their first Chromebox, ASUS also launched its first Chromebooks. Two models, already revealed by rumours, were announced: The 11-inch ASUS C200 as well as the 13-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook.

Also coming soon are new versions of Dell Chromebook 11 and the Acer C720 Chromebook. The new models will be powered by Intel Core i3 processors, promising better performance but likely at the expense of battery life. Toshiba will also unveil a new 13-inch Chromebook model and HP will launch a Chromebox. LG will launch the Chromebase, the first all-in-one computer running Chrome OS. These latter ones will mostly run on Intel’s Bay Trail platform.

Launch and pricing details vary by device but most are expected to launch in the coming weeks and months.

Google also announced a few new features for Chrome OS. Among them are better voice activation features and the ability to watch movies and TV shows offline through an updated Google Play Movies and TV app.

Source : Google Chrome Blog