AMD Makes Laptop, Chromebook Push With New Mobile Processors

Asus has launched a new lineup of Chromebooks just ahead of CES 2019

Asus has launched a new lineup of Chromebooks just ahead of CES 2019

There are some ARM-based Chromebooks too in the market.

I did get a few minutes of hands-on time with the new HP Chromebook 14, which will be available in two color options: A chalkboard gray model and one in off-white ivory. HP will be releasing AMD A4 processor edition of the Chromebook in this month and later AMD A6 variant will be also available. It comes with a 47.36Whr battery that can last for a little over 9 hours, according to HP. Performance will vary by model, obviously, with AMD's new chips offering anywhere from three to 10 Vega CPU cores. It has 16GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Other perks include a front-facing HP TrueVision HD webcam with integrated dual array microphones and dual speakers with B&O audio. Starting this quarter, AMD plans to provide regular/frequent Radeon Software Adrenalin updates for all Ryzen Processors with Radeon Vega graphics via AMD.com - game ready drivers etc.

Chromebooks have relatively not made much of a hit in Australia so it is unlikely you will see these in many stores but if you do and are looking for a new Chromebook these should be worth a gander with the prices expected to be very affordable - it is an EDU lineup afterall.

Just like the tablet, this entry-level device with an 11.6-inch display features a rubberized chassis with thick bumpers and is similarly resistant to minor drops. You can expect a 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display with a full 360-degree hinge, which allows it to be used as a large tablet. The AMD A4-9120C is a two core / two thread processor with 2.4GHz boost frequency and 1.6GHz base frequency with GCN 1.2 "Radeon R4" graphics. It will weight 3.7 pounds and have an excellent battery life of up to 13 hours.

In terms of wireless connectivity, you get 802.11 a/b/g/ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.

The prices for Acer's Chromebook 315 will start from $279.99 (roughly Rs. 19,471) with availability set for February this year.

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