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Intel Haswell chips rumored to power next gen Chromebooks

Posted In News - By AndroidPress on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 With 1 Comment

Not many may know what Chromebooks are and not many may care, but Intel seems to be definitely taking an interest in the unique line of ultraportable notebooks, as sources are saying that the processor manufacturing giant is set to announce new Chromebooks this week running on its fourth generation Intel Core processors.

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As the name might suggest, Chromebooks revolve around Google Chrome OS, Google’s operating system based on its Chrome browser. As such, Chromebooks are designed and optimized for web apps. Thin and lightweight, Chromebooks are well-suited for people always on the go whose jobs focus on the web or at least don’t mind having a rather unusual, browser-centric, somewhat limited system. Chromebooks are currently being sold by Google, Samsung, HP, and Acer. Intel believes there is a market for these devices and wants to bring in more power to the Chromebook line.

Intel has been trying to get its chips under every platform and every device category, recently adding Android smartphones and tablets to its list. The company is hoping to market its new Haswell generation of processors as more powerful but also more energy efficient options for portable devices such as tablets and notebooks, making something like a Chromebook more interesting as a work device.

Intel is expected to unveil the new Chromebooks at the Intel Developer Forum this week. As prices for Chromebooks range from $199 to $1299, it will be quite difficult to guess a price tag, which will, of course, depend on the rest of the hardware that the new Chromebooks would have.

VIA: PCWorld

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  1. Adam Greenblum says:

    As Google and its hardware partners continue to improve the Chromebook, more businesses will begin to view it as a viable option for the enterprise, and not just for personal use.

    But even with all the improvements, some companies might still be held back from considering Chromebooks because they still need access to Windows applications. Besides MS Office applications, there are many other applications (even in-house ones) that aren’t cloud-enabled or replaceable with Google Apps.

    One way around this is to leverage HTML5 technology that allows for browser-based access to applications. For example, Ericom’s AccessNow HTML5 RDP client allows Chromebook users to connect to Windows applications running on Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktops, and run those applications or even full desktops in a browser tab.

    There’s nothing to install on the Chromebook (the HTML5 browser is already there), which makes life easy for IT staff. You just click on a URL, enter your login credentials and your Windows application or desktop appears in the browser.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom

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