Dell has announced its first Chromebook, a 11-inch inexpensive laptop running browser-based Chrome OS of Google and targets the education market.
Previously, Latitude 3330 laptop and Latitude 10 Windows 8 Special Edition tablets were targeted to the education market by Dell and now with budget price and depending on cloud-based computing, it brings Chromebook 11 to the same segment. No matter the consequences and debate on Chromebooks against the laptops, the Chrome OS’s(or overall Chromebooks’) market share is keeps on increasing more and more.
Acer, Samsung, HP and Google were only launched their Chromebooks to market yet. With the entry of Dell, there is more likely to be more PC-makers enter into the Chromebook segment such as Asus, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba.
Dell’s 11.6-inch Chromebook comes with modest specs sheet, such as Intel Celeron 2955U processor with Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM (another one comes with 4GB of RAM), a front webcam with 720p capturing and 16GB SSD storage. WiFi, Bluetoot 4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI port are the other key features of the notebook.
Dell also claims in the press release that it will give up to 10 hours of battery backup. Regarding the specifications, high-end processors wouldn’t be required on any Chromebooks as the files are stored online and there isn’t much high graphics processing or core processing happens inside a browser-based OS running Chromebook.
Regarding the “education” targeting, it said that the Dell Chromebook will come with Wyse PocketCloud app to allow teachers and students to create a “personal cloud” to share files on any supported devices via Google’s infrastructure and it is said to be available on Chrome Web Store in next month, almost at the same time of its release date.
The company hasn’t released the price for its 2GB and 4GB Chromebook 11 devices, but it revealed that the pricing would be under $300, when it starts to sell on Dell website starting from January.