What's Next For Google's Laptop: The Chromebook
Back in October-November 2012, Google launched $199 and $249 laptops together with Acer and Samsung. These became bestsellers on Amazon for months to come, even though very few -- if any -- absolute or reliable overall sales numbers for Chrome OS PCs have been made public.
In early 2013, Google expanded the Chromebook portfolio with HP
Since then, things have gotten quiet on the Chromebook hardware front. The less expensive Chromebooks have displays of modest quality, hardly competing against higher-resolution or touchscreen ones from Apple's
On the high end, the Chromebook Pixel has a fantastic screen and a great build quality. However, it gets very warm and the battery life is terrible at four to five hours on the best of days. Then mix it with the high price starting at $1,299 and it probably isn't selling well.
Meanwhile, in the last couple of months, Apple has launched fantastic laptops with 10 hours of battery life. The new Windows laptops have touchscreens, new Intel
With that as a background, what is Google to do with its Chrome OS laptops?
The answer is that around late October Google will launch a new set of laptops, together with many of its hardware partners, that will be available in November.
Here is what's going on:
1. New Intel CPUs. The Chromebooks to date are using what are now dated CPUs. Arguably, Chrome OS doesn't require much CPU power, but they could always use improved battery life. Expect the new Chromebooks this November to have better CPUs.