Overall PC sales may be shrinking, but NPD Group says that sales of Chromebooks and touch-based Windows laptops both picked up during back-to-school season.
By using Haswell instead of Intel's low-powered Bay Trail chips, the new Chromebooks may be targeting a use case that doesn't yet exist.
The latest Haswell Chromebooks from Acer,Hewlett-Packard, and others should last nine hours or so on a charge, with all the performance of Intel's latest Core chips.
New Chromebooks announced this week signal Intel's willingness to broaden its horizons and work with companies like Google, at the expense of its long-standing Windows partnership with Microsoft.
They work offline. They let you store data locally. They play much better with photos and images. They're Google's new generation of Chrome Apps. Find our favorites here.
Google and Intel will share information about new Chromebooks at Intel's chip conference this week.
Watch out, traditional software: The new Chrome apps can work offline and store locally, and they cross platforms with ease.
The new Chrome OS cuts through a lot of the clutter.
The C710-2457 is inexpensive and could knock around a family room or a kid's backpack with little budgetary trauma, but it's otherwise unremarkable and does little to promote the Chrome-centric lifestyle.
Acer says it's trying to grow its non-Windows business "as soon as possible," which means more Chromebooks and Android-powered devices from the manufacturer.