The first Chrome OS powered laptops available from manufacturer like Samsung and Acer. However, houses low powered Intel Atom-based processors. This is all going to change, as the future versions of the Chomebooks will be using Intel’s higher end Core series of processors.
According to report, “Google plans to upgrade the Chromebook design from originally adopting Atom N570 processors to mainstream Core i series processors to significantly boost system performance, while strengthening the machine’s security. The plan has already received support from Intel with the company giving a 10-20% discount for related processor quotes, according to sources from notebook players,” revealed digitimes.
In addition to Samsung and Acer, there are already several notebook vendors including Asustek Computer, already considering to join the upcoming Chromebook upgrade project and are set to launch related products after the fourth quarter, the sources noted.
So far the reviews of the first Chromebooks have not been stellar since their hardware specifications are the same as a netbook, while being US$50-100 more expensive than a Windows 7-based netbook, and having an unattractive industrial design, the overall price/performance ratio is disappointing.
Therefore, 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.”