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Intel wants inside every Chromebook, announces slew of new models

Mark Hachman | May 7, 2014
If Google's Chromebook is the next big thing, Intel wants to make sure that Intel is Inside.

Lenovo's new N20p Chromebooks offer two distinct advantages that separate them from their cousins. First, its 11.6-inch display is a 10-point touchscreen. Second, the N20p borrows a trick from its Yoga cousins: Its hinge can rotate up to 300 degrees so that you can prop up the Chromebook in a standing position.

It's generally been difficult to get excited about the 11-inch Chromebooks that crowd the market, and the second baseline N20 Lenovo, with no touchscreen and no 300-degree hinge, seems closer to typical for the class. It will start selling for $279 in July. The N20p will start selling for $329 in August.

Intel also said that it would design a version of its reference netbook platform for education, now powered by Chrome and its Bay Trail chip.

But that's just the beginning.

Asus announced the 11.6-inch C200 and the 13.3-inch C300, which will begin shipping this summer for an undisclosed price. Acer also announced its first Chromebook, based on the Bay Trail-M chip, and will also be available later this year.

A second class of Chromebooks will also run on the Core i3, with devices that will be priced at about $349 or so, Shenoy said. Acer and Dell will be two manufacturers that will update their Chromebook lines with new Core i3 chips, he said: Dell with a Core i3 revision of the Chromebook 11, and Acer with a new Chromebook C720. Dell didn't announce pricing, although Acer said its Chromebook would also be priced at $349.

That will include the LG Chromebase (22CV241), the first "all in one" Chrome-based desktop, first launched at CES 2014. Shenoy said that the Chromebase will ship on May 26 from a variety of retailers, for $349.


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