Thursday, 24 January, 2019

HP announces new Chromebooks, including one with an AMD chip

Asus Chromebook range refresh adds Chrome OS tablet alongside new models Asus reveals new Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablet ahead of CES
Katie Ramirez | 07 January, 2019, 12:12

Semiconductor company AMD has unveiled latest processors for its mobility line-up, including the 2nd-generation Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile, which are the world's fastest processor for ultra-thin laptops.

Along with announcing the new Asus CT100 Chromebook tablet Asus also refreshed their current Chromebooks with a new Chromebook Flip C214 and two more traditional clamshell Chromebooks: an 11.6inch Chromebook C204 and a 14inch Chromebook C403.

Asus has revealed a new range of "education-ready" Chromebooks and a Chrome OS tablet.

The chips promise to bring high performance, detailed graphics, and long battery life to new PCs, AMD said in a statement ahead of CES here.

More news: NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX Mobile, Available January 29th on 40+ Gaming Laptops

The CT100 also includes the six-core OP1 processor that was used in the 2017 edition of Samsung's Chromebook Plus and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 tablet; the ARM-based System on a Chip works with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage In addition to the glass cover, the 9.7-inch display has a resolution of 2,048x1,536 (QXGA), and the CT100 has a slot for housing a stylus as an optional accessory.

Asus is calling it the launch of its Chromebook Education series, created to provide "lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer solutions" for the education sector. Availability is only described in general terms ("the coming months") with details around configurations and pricing also coming soon.

The successor to the original C213 is a 2-in-1 notebook. Meanwhile, Asus is also launching a tablet that runs on Google's Chrome OS. There's 32GB of onboard storage, the 35Wh lithium-polymer battery will last for a full school day, and you can use a USB Type-C connection to charge up when you need. The tablet has the 10mm rubberised chassis that's rated drops up to 100cm. Beside those is a full-size keyboard that ships with backlighting as a standard feature while the edge houses two USB 3.1 Type-C charging ports pulling double duty as a means for data transfers and display-out capabilities. This one sports a 14-inch display with a 180-degree hinge, pretty much identical specs and 11 hours of battery life.

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