updated 02:12 pm EDT, Wed September 11, 2013
New hardware much more powerful than Atom, ARM models
At Intel's IDF 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Google and Intel have introduced four new Chrome-based computers, all running the Intel Core "Haswell" family of processors. Acer, HP, and Toshiba have demonstrated Chromebooks, with Asus rolling out a Chromebox, a desktop-oriented implementation of Google's Chrome OS.
The shift to Haswell is a sea change over most previous models, which were using much less powerful Intel Atom or ARM processors. The lone exception is the Google Pixel, a high-end laptop using Chrome introduced earlier this year.
No concrete specifications for any of the new hardware has been made available. Acer states that the new Chromebook is a joint effort between Acer, Intel, and Google, with availability "in time for the holiday season." Existing models are priced as low as $200, but prices are likely going to exceed that by a wide margin with a Haswell processor.