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$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft

By Peter Bright

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Among the new hardware launched this week at IFA in Berlin are a couple of premium Chromebooks. Lenovo’s $600 Yoga Chromebook brings high-end styling and materials to the Chromebook space, along with well-specced internals and a high quality screen. Dell’s $600 Inspiron Chromebook 14 has slightly lower specs but is similarly offering better styling, bigger, better quality screens, and superior specs to the Chromebook space.

These systems join a few other premium Chromebooks already out there. HP’s Chromebook x2 is a $600 convertible hybrid launched a few months ago, and Samsung has had its Chromebook Plus and Pro systems for more than a year now. And of course, Google’s Pixelbook is an astronomically expensive Chrome OS machine.

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Chromebooks Are About to Get Dual Boot Functionality, Windows 10 Support

By Radu Iorga

We’ve been hearing about Chromebooks getting dual boot functionality for a while now, but it seems to be finally coming closer to fruition. Turns out that the folks of XDA Developers have done extensive digging and have found a project that appeared earlier this year on the Chromium Git, mentioning an “Alt OS” mode.

The Chromium git is called “eve-campfire” and it mentioned the mode we brought up above. “Campfire” is expected to be similar to Bootcamp for MacOS, which lets the Mac computers dual boot MacOS and Windows. This time it’s all meant for the public, not just the developers. The new findings from XDA also mention that the PixelBook was the only device with support for Campfire till now, but it seems that the feature has reached other devices.

In the future we should be able to swap from Chrome OS to Windows 10 and Linux at will on Chromebooks. Windows 10 is a bit more resource intensive, so don’t expect to be playing with it on Pentiums and Celerons. You need 40 GB of free memory, 30 GB for Windows and the rest of 10 for Chrome OS. At least 64 GB of storage was mentioned as a minimum requirement by another source.

It seems that Google is aiming at a showcasing around the same time as the Pixel 3 event, so early October. Google wants to pass the Microsoft hardware certification for Windows 10, allowing its Pixelbook to officially run the OS. Chromebooks are getting more and more powerful, so having Windows 10 as an alternative on them sounds pretty legit. However, it kind of defeats the purpose of having “Chrome” in the name, I think.

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HP Chromebook x2 Gets New Version, Specced Like the Microsoft Surface Go

By James A.

Microsoft’s recently launched Surface Go seems to have been inspirational for other companies, like HP, who is making a new version of the HP CheromBook x2. The machine will still have Chrome OS on board and a CPU and hardware setup similar to the Surface Go.

The info comes courtesy of a leaked HP technical document, that shows a branch of the Chromebook x2, which was the first detachable Chromebook. The original Chromebook x2 had 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 12.3 inch screen with a 2400 x 1600 pixel resolution. It had a pretty big $600 price tag, which is a bit higher than the Surface Go.

That one goes with a 10 inch 1800 x 1200 pixel screen, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It’s priced at $400, but you also have to spend $99 for the Surface Pen and $99 for the Surface Type Cover. The main novelty is the CPU, an Intel Pentium “Gold” 4415Y, that was believed to be a Surface Go exclusive. Turns out that HP will also adopt it on the new Chrome OS detachable.

The folks of Tabletmonkeys have come up with a specs list that includes an Intel Core i5-7Y54 CPU version and an Intel Pentium 4415Y version, which is the same as the Surface Go. You can also go up to 8 GB of RAM and B&O Play dual speakers. HP’s main appeal is the extra 2 inches of screen and with a bit of luck, the price will become more decent.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: A good (but not great) first Chrome OS tablet

By Valentina Palladino

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for schoolwork both in and out of the classroom.

Some might perk up at the idea of a lightweight yet durable tablet with a 2048×1536 display and a built-in Wacom stylus running Chrome OS, but this device (like many other Chrome OS devices) will only be sold in the education market. While regular consumers may not be able to get their hands on the Chromebook Tab 10, however, there will be more Chrome OS tablets to come that will be sold to the general public.

After spending some time with this inaugural Chrome OS tablet, it would be remiss to think that it’s essentially the same thing as an Android tablet—devices that are largely unsupported at this point. We may not be traditional educators or students at this point, but Ars tested the Chromebook Tab 10 with a few things in mind: how does the Chrome OS experience translate on a tablet sans-keyboard? And, perhaps more importantly, can Chrome OS bring Google’s tablet category back from the dead?

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New Chromebook “Cheza” Packs Snapdragon 845 Processor, is a 2 in 1 Tablet

By Radu Iorga

As expected Intel is about to lose one of its big sellers, Chromebooks. Turns out that future models could rely on Snapdragon CPUs. One such example has just appeared, under the codename “Cheza”. It’s a 2 in 1 Chromebook with a Snapdragon 845 CPU.

We’ve seen Snapdragons on Windows 10 S machines and moving to Chromebooks seems logical. This “Cheza” will be a in 2 in 1 Chromebook with a detachable keyboard. There’s also a Chromium source code commit, that points towards the same device. Leaks and sources talk about it, as having a 2560 x 1440 pixel screen, plus there’s an USB Type-C port in the mix, for connecting an external screen, data transfer and charging.

Chromebooks have been available with Intel, Rockchip and MediaTek processors, but none with Qualcomm. It would offer extra choices, better battery life, plus LTE modem, which is something the other chips don’t bring. The Cheza Chrome OS device will end up as an “Always Connected” machine, with an eSIM maybe. Expect to use it as a laptop, tablet and regular detachable.

Not sure if Microsoft will be happy about this, since it cannibalizes their Windows 10 S /Windows on ARM machines. Since Qualcomm is rolling in cash, they may as well offer the CPU cheaper to the Chromebook OEMs, so the prices may be lower than we’ve seen lately (the latest Chromebooks have become very pricey sadly).

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