AMD processors are coming to a Chromebook near you

For the longest time, Chromebooks have included both Intel or ARM-based processors throughout the board. However, at CES 2019, there have been loads of Chromebooks introduced with AMD processors for the primary time. 

This marks the primary time AMD processors have made their manner into Chromebooks, and probably a shift away from the Intel and ARM {hardware} normally featured in Chrome OS units. 

Chief amongst these new AMD-based Chromebooks are the HP Chromebook 14 and the Acer Chromebook 315.

HP hasn’t shared pricing info for the HP Chromebook 14, however the inclusion of an AMD processor might imply a extra reasonably priced Chromebook – making it extra interesting to college students that do not essentially want the quickest {hardware}. 

Intel has had some well-publicized problems with availability of its 14nm silicon over the previous few months. And, whereas this has led to AMD taking significant market share within the desktop house, we’ve not seen Crew Pink penetrate the cell house in a serious manner. However, AMD’s push into Chromebooks seems to be to vary that. 

Nonetheless, simply because AMD is new to Chromebooks does not imply that the HP Chromebook 14 goes to be gradual. The AMD A4-9120 within the Chromebook 14 is a dual-core, quad-core chip with a base clock of two.2GHz and a 2.5GHz enhance. That is similar to the Pentium and Celeron chips widespread on low-to-mid vary Chromebooks. 

The processor is backed up by 4GB DDR4 reminiscence and a 32GB eMMC storage drive, behind a 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) show. HP additionally claims that you’ll stand up to 9 hours of battery life.

HP hasn’t shared availability or pricing info for the HP Chromebook 14, however we’re positive that info will develop into obtainable nearer to its launch.

An AMD Chromebook with a bigger show

Acer has additionally teamed up with AMD to craft an reasonably priced Chromebooks, with its 15-inch Acer Chromebook 315 – configurable with both AMD A4-9120C or A6-9220C processors. 

In contrast to HP’s providing, the show on supply right here will likely be Full HD, or 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and will likely be filled with 8GB of RAM. This could make it way more efficient for work and play. Acer can also be claiming that it may well hit 10 hours of battery life. 

The Chromebook can be upgraded to function a contact display screen show, which can make Android apps way more consumer pleasant, with out having to depend on a touchpad for interplay. 

The Acer Chromebook 315 will likely be obtainable in February within the US, beginning at $279. And, in Europe in April for €349. Particular UK and Australia availability info is forthcoming.

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