updated 10:30 am EDT, Fri April 13, 2012
Samsung Chromebook sports SandyBridge chips
A new Samsung Chromebook prototype that looks to be based on the Series 5 we saw at CES but sporting some new changes was spotted at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. It runs on the current Sandy Bridge-series of Intel processors, unlike that dual-core Celeron-powered Chromebook from the Las Vegas trade show. It also gets the Linux-based Coreboot BIOS software that allows it to boot up in just five seconds.
What's more, the software supports notions that Google plans on bringing support for Intel's imminent Ivy Bridge processor line to Chromebooks.
Chromebooks such as this one aren't very well adopted by consumers, though Google and the various hardware manufacturers are sticking to the devices. The computers normally require a constant Internet connection as their Chrome operating systems are entirely based in the cloud, with only a handful of sites supporting offline apps. [via NetbookNews]