Chromebooks are among the cheapest laptops on the market, but it seems like ASUS and Lenovo are looking to make them even cheaper. According to DigiTimes, the two manufacturers are going to release $149 Chromebooks running Rockchip ARM processors.
There aren’t many information about the new Chromebooks yet, but we know they will be 25% cheaper than the current cheapest one – Acer C720, which is priced at $199.
We’ve known for a while that Rockchip is already working on Chromebooks and now it seems that they are ready to supply manufacturers with their processors. Currently we know that their processor is a quad-core RK3288 ARM Cortex A17 clocked at 1.8Ghz.
The new ASUS and Lenovo Chromebooks are expected to come with 11.6-inch displays and they will most likely feature 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD, like most of the Chromebooks already on the market.
Chromebooks are gaining traction lately and most laptop manufacturers have adopted Google’s operating system, which is very suitable for a low-cost device. We expect the market to grow exponentially in the following years, as it’s a very easy to use operating system and it requires much less resources than Windows.
Chrome OS is great for people who need a light and cheap laptop for when they are on the go and for not-so-tech-savvy people that would find it hard to get used to Windows, which is a much more complex operating system.
What are your opinions on a $149 Chromebook running the Rockchip processor? Would you buy it instead of the $199 ones running Intel Celeron?