Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) have announced several new Chromebook laptops made by Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba at a press event today. Google said that Chromebooks will be getting Google Now integration and will have the ability to play Google Play movies and TV shows offline.
“Our strategy is about computing and ensuring any device that computes does it best with Intel,” stated Intel VP and general manager Navin Shenoy at the event.
Most of the new Chromebooks include Intel Celeron processors based on the “Bay Trail” line with a battery life of up to 11 hours. The Dell Chromebook 11 (starting price of $349) and Acer C720 Chromebook are like existing models, but with new chips. The Acer C270 starts at $350 and is launching this fall. Lenovo showcased its first consumer Chromebooks at the event called the N20 and N20p.
LG also announced the new Chromebase, which is a desktop computer powered by the Chrome operating system. The Chromebase is going for sale later this year for $349.
Intel said that the new Chrome devices will be powered by the company’s first conflict-free microprocessors, which means that the minerals used in the chips (tin, gold, tantalum and tungsten) are coming only from mines that are certified as “conflict-free.” The sales do not benefit armed groups within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or neighboring countries.