A month ago we brought you the news that Intel had been subsidising the use of its Haswell Celeron CPUs inside Chromebooks from major vendors like Acer, Samsung, and so on. We also revealed that this was to end in the near future: Intel had immediate plans to stop selling cut-price Haswell Celerons to vendors. In place of the subsidy program Intel was rumoured to start offering Bay Trail CPUs instead, it now appears that transition is happening. Acer’s latest Chromebook 11 is going to be offered with Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron N2830 CPU. This will be paired up with an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 3220 mAh battery. This Bay Trail powered Chromebook is retailing for €220 which is about $235 when you scrub out the 20% VAT Germans pay that Americans won’t. Chromebook buyers will now be faced with a fairly important choice: do they opt for the Bay Trail platform that is likely to give better battery life but less performance, or do they grab subsidised Haswell Celeron stock while it lasts which has worse battery life but dramatically better performance? One thing is for certain though, Acer’s Chromebooks will continue selling like hotcakes as long as the price is right!
Source: Mobile Geeks (de)
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