Google wants a faster Chromebook

The devices run a stripped down operating system known as Chrome OS, which is based on an always connected (Web) browser interface.

Nevertheless, as CNET's Stephen Shankland points out, a number of Chromebook users have found current models to be "painfully slow" despite the lack of OS bloat.

Fortunately, as noted above, Mountain View is apparently planning a major revamp with faster Intel x86 chips tapped to power next-gen Chromebook devices.

Indeed, Michael Larabel of Phoronix recently spotted a Google contribution to Chrome OS Coreboot that allows the OS to recognize Cougar Point and Panther Point, the Intel chipsets that accompany Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.

Besides performance, both Google and end-users are undoubtedly worried about battery life. Hopefully, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge will be up to current power-sipping expectations.

Of course, Google isn't only planning to refresh its Chromebooks with x86 processors. A number of reports indicate that Mountain View is currently prepping at least two new models that will feature RISC-based ARM chips.

ChromeStory recently spotted a Chrome-powered device dubbed "Daisy," which may be either a Chromebook or Chromebox. Either way, the system comes loaded with Samsung's Exynos 5250 - an ARM Cortex-A15 processor clocking in at a speedy 2.0GHz.

According to Samsung, the powerful chip is capable of processing 14 billion instructions per second - making it almost twice as fast as a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. In addition, the chip offers four times the 3D graphics performance, twice as much memory bandwidth and an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Meanwhile, LaptopReviews reports that Sony is prepping a Vaio-branded Chromebook that will sport an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra processor. Additional specs are said to include an 11.6" diagonal screen, 2GB of RAM, two USB ports, SD card reader, headphone port, microphone, HDMI, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and a 16GB SSD.

Source: TG Daily

Tags: Chrome OS, Google, notebooks

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Users will be warned that the app is still in development and will be unstable
 
Nadella says Microsoft will focus on enterprise only
 
Bitcoin shrugs off Chinese regulations and bubble chatter to smash a new record
 
Facial recognition will be used for new notification options
 
The Exynos-powered Note8 are capable of capturing videos at 60fps, not just 30fps, but the software on them doesn't allow it
 
Perhaps it will be completely normal for us to have an environmental sensor in our smartphone
 
Microsoft isn’t committing to a precise release date as yet, but the end of this for sure
 
Almost 1,000 safety drivers have been licensed to sit in those autonomous test beds
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)