Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

Summary: With its Chromebooks, Google has been trying to revolutionize computing by switching to a browser-centered model. As a result, it doesn't necessarily require the beefy parts that a Windows-based laptop needs to deliver the fastest performance possible, relying on an Intel Atom N570 processor to power systems instead.

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With its Chromebooks, Google has been trying to revolutionize computing by switching to a browser-centered model. As a result, it doesn't necessarily require the beefy parts that a Windows-based laptop needs to deliver the fastest performance possible, relying on an Intel Atom N570 processor to power systems instead.

But that apparently hasn't stopped plans for some upgraded specs for future Chromebooks. According to DigiTimes, Google is looking for Chromebook partners to upgrade from the N570 to Intel's mainstream Core series processors for better performance and security. Apparently, Acer, Asus, and Samsung are on-board with the decision, and will start create new models for 2012 release.

Here's the kicker: Google is hoping that by offering the faster CPUs, it will be able to push the price of Chromebooks beyond the $500 price point. But how much more will consumers be willing to pay for something that runs Chrome and Web apps and that's about it? Especially if the N570 handles everything fairly well already.

Would you be willing to pay more for a Chromebook with a faster processor? If not, what would a new Chromebook need to have in order for you to pay more than $500 for one? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: Intel, Google, Mobility, Processors

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  • Thats Dumb

    This would be one heck of a misstep if true. I thought chromebooks were supposed to pioneer disposable computing?
    cramleir
    • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

      @cramleir
      Has Google actually said the price is going up? Google is getting a 10%-20% discount on the i3 presumably because of volume orders as a result of Chromebooks selling well. That should mean Google can keep the price at $500, at which level the existing Chromebooks are selling well.
      Mah
      • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

        @Mah Are they actually selling well? I had not heard that at all.
        non-biased
      • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

        @non-biased
        They have been within the top 5 on Amazon's best seller list since introduction, so they have been selling well, despite the high price, and limited advertising. The discount must be a rebate for volume orders which OEMs anticipate for Chromebooks.
        Mah
  • Chromebooks are crippled and useless anyway

    So raising the price? Bah. If it were *$50* it might be worth considering, but not for 10x that!
    wolf_z
  • Google Chromebooks are crap...

    they offer no real benefits. I wouldn't bother with the hassle that comes with a Chromebook even if Google offer me $500. Yeah, that's right Google should pay you for using their crappy products because they are stealing your private data everytime you log on.<br><br>No way should should anyone pay more than $50 for this Crapbook.
    iPad-awan
  • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

    LOL Google just doesn't get it. Charge more for a laptop that does less.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

    I think for $500 I'd want local storage and a real OS.

    Then, if you really wanted to, you could just run Chrome.
    tonymcs@...
  • Google makes some good stuff, but...

    ...until the chromebooks get more functionality I just don't get it. I can get a notebook with win7 and do everything that a chromebook does, plus actually have native programs, for close to the same price. Not sure what the deal with these is, anyone with a web browser can use HTML5 apps.
    dwb124
    • Actually you can do 10k more with a cheap netbook

      @dwb124 compared to the garbage called Chromebook.

      So now Google wants you to pay extra for power the their browser only OS can't use.
      wackoae
  • Not a bad idea

    Chromebooks are pretty decent, but web apps are going to develop further and as they start to implement such things as Native Client, more offline capabilities and offload some of the work onto the gpu then we're going to start to see web apps performing more like native apps.

    When that happens, I'd prefer having a Chromebook with the necessary processing power that would enable the Chromebook to handle tasks from those apps with great ease and so I think upgrading Chromebooks with more processing power is a good idea...
    yowzah
    • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

      @yowzah
      The CPU does already. For a browser based OS, you don't need that much CPU power, GPU and video acceleration is more important. I suspect the iCore processers are being chosen not for the CPU, but for the better graphics and video acceleration chipsets integrated with the CPU.
      Mah
  • TOO BAD

    Too bad for Google, my next laptop is the new MacBook Air from Apple, why spend 500 for a Samsung product??? MBA is much better and faster.
    Hasam1991
  • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

    $500 is way too expensive for one of these things. Google needs to find an OEM that will put out a decent Chromebook for less than $200. ($50 as posted above is funny, but not realistic.) This would turn some consumers heads. Especially those that have light internet-based computing needs, such as web surfing. webmail. facebook and some light games, that find a full-blown OS too complicated to maintain.

    I'd just get a highly-discounted laptop (refurbished, redistributed, scratched & dented, etc.) and install a desktop Linux distro followed by Google's Chrome browser.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series proc

      @Rabid Howler Monkey
      I agree, they should create an ARM based tablet/notebook, that runs Chrome OS and Android. Sort of like the ASUS transformer.
      anono
    • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

      @Rabid Howler Monkey
      $200 is possible with netbook style performance compromises. $300 is more realistic for a WiFi version with reasonable video and graphics acceleration and reasonable battery life. However OEMs don't seem to want to sell low end devices - they try to push up the price. The current Chromebook is selling well, so the OEMs think they can push up the price since they get higher margins on high end hardware.
      Mah
  • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

    They're probably expecting to finalize NativeClient and may unleash a bunch of high-powered native apps that run on Chrome.
    BIGELLOW
    • RE: Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500

      @BIGELLOW
      And 3D WebGL games.
      Mah
  • For that price, I'd get a real notebook.

    $500? Are you kidding me? I'd get a real notebook with a real OS for that price.
    kraterz
  • Threshold

    There seems to be some sort of threshold below which vendors are unwilling (unable?) to go: $300 for a PC, be it desktop, netbook or thin-client device. Until Google cracks this the Chromebook will appear idiotic.<br><br>What I want is a base unit for $125-150 tops, into which I can plug a monitor of choice ... to be used as a thin client or pure web endpoint.<br><br>Anything else is incomprehensible.<br><br>Perhaps your source is wrong. Surely it is more consistent for Google to be looking at ARM?
    jacksonjohn