Report: Google's Chromebooks to get improved Intel processors

The first laptops that are based on Google's Chrome operating system are now available for sale via PC makers like Samsung and Acer. However those first generation Chromebooks have Intel's low powered Atom-based processors inside. Now a new report from the Digitimes web site states that future versions of the Chomebooks will be using Intel's higher end Core series of processors.

The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that current Chromebook makers Samsung and Acer, along with other companies such as Asustek, are "considering to join the upcoming Chromebook upgrade project". It adds that the new versions of the Chromebook should launch sometime after the fourth quarter of 2011. Adding some version of Intel's Core processor to the Chromebook will not only boost the laptop's overall performance compared to the Atom processor but will also improve the laptop's security features.

So far the reviews of the first Chromebooks have not been stellar with reviewers complaining that due to the nature of the Chrome OS the laptops can only be used effectively via some kind of Internet connection. The lack of a large hard drive and the Chromebook's expensive price compared to standard Windows 7 OS-based netbooks have also been cited as negatives. Digitimes claims in today's article that "Google has recently started notifying its partners that Chrome OS already has an obvious upgrade path for its hardware specifications and related security, while the company is also providing assistance with marketing and is aiming to push the product's price range to above US$500 and increase its attractiveness in the market."

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I agree about the pricing. They should be looking to make it lower not higher.

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Whatbooks? Did anyone actually buy one of these? Nobody I know owns one, and I never see them in the wild.

/sorry couldn't resist
//substitute "Bing" or "WP7" if you prefer the more familiar pattern

smot said,
/sorry couldn't resist
//substitute "Bing" or "WP7" if you prefer the more familiar pattern

LOL
I own one but it was the freebie from Google. I absolutely love it over my Windows Netbook (which I gave away). However, I can not recommend these to anyone until the price comes down.

My Cr-48 is so slow just loading up two basic tabs. I am glad they are adding better processors to them. Yes the problem is price now. I never would have purchased a chrome book if I didn't get one free.

Too pricey, too slow, lacking features.


A $329 laptop from wallmart with chrome browser installed can do more, only drawback is battery life which the Cr-48 lasts me like 8 hours.

doublea2 said,
My Cr-48 is so slow just loading up two basic tabs. I am glad they are adding better processors to them. Yes the problem is price now. I never would have purchased a chrome book if I didn't get one free.

Too pricey, too slow, lacking features.


A $329 laptop from wallmart with chrome browser installed can do more, only drawback is battery life which the Cr-48 lasts me like 8 hours.


Well the CR-48 runs a Single core Hyper-threaded N455 Atom chip while the units sold in store run Dual core Hyper-threaded N570 Atom chips.

my CR-48 dont run slow when loading 4 tabs so i dont know why yours is . also the Battery life on mine is around 10hrs not 8.

doublea2 said,
My Cr-48 is so slow just loading up two basic tabs. I am glad they are adding better processors to them. Yes the problem is price now. I never would have purchased a chrome book if I didn't get one free.

Too pricey, too slow, lacking features.


A $329 laptop from wallmart with chrome browser installed can do more, only drawback is battery life which the Cr-48 lasts me like 8 hours.


I love my CR-48. While I agree with your price statement, I disagree that it is super slow. Mine runs fine. Perhaps it's the 3G speed or your WiFi network or a bad Chrome App? I have mine connected to my WiFi network (which is 802.11n) and I have Verizon FiOS 30/30 service.

I can honestly say that it runs absolutely fine when I had 5 tabs open at once and several extensions installed.

leo221 said,
buy any $400 windows notebook, install chrome browser and you get a chromebook. AND you get a free notebook.

But you are still vulnerable to Windows Security Holes and Viruses.

Max Norris said,
Erm you're know you're vulnerable to security holes and malware in any OS yea?

You do know that you are more vulnerable in Windows because it is widely used., yeah?

For the same price you can get an iPad 2 16GB which is -ironically- feature-rich by comparison.

I don't see a Chromebook at that price tag as being of great value.

...push the product's price range to above US$500 and increase its attractiveness

Increase? Thats their biggest complain. Pricey!

FMH said,

Increase? Thats their biggest complain. Pricey!

Pricey as hell, since you could get a much cheaper netbook/laptop, get a copy of ChromeOS and install it yourself for about 3/4 of the price.

Majesticmerc said,

Pricey as hell, since you could get a much cheaper netbook/laptop, get a copy of ChromeOS and install it yourself for about 3/4 of the price.


Minor correction and quibble: The name of the OS you can install is Chromium. You can also dual-boot it.