Google is looking to give the Chromebook a performance enhancement.
A switch from the current Atom N570 processor to the Core i series from Intel will provide the boost Google is looking for as well as upgrade the Chromebook’s security, according to a DIGITIMES report.
Intel supposedly will be providing a 10 to 20 percent discount for the Core i processors, which incidentally are now being used by Chromebook manufacturers Acer and Samsung in several of their laptop models.
DIGITIMES reports: “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.”
Currently the Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung range from $429.99 (WiFi) to $499.99 (3G), whereas the Acer AC700 WiFi Chromebook sells for $349.99.