Dell has joined the ranks of Chromebook manufacturers with an 11-inch Chromebook for education.
The Dell Chromebook 11 will be an education-only device offered to the company’s “400,000 classrooms” across its global education market. The new Chromebook will be offered with Google Apps for Education and Dell are touting the “exceptional manageability and security” that their Chromebook and supporting software will offer.
The Dell Chromebook 11 will be offered in two models. Both have a Haswell-powered Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 11.6-inch displays at the usual 1366×768 resolution, and integrated Intel HD Graphics. The models’ only differentiation will be RAM, coming in at 2GB or 4GB. The devices will come with a healthy number of ports for classroom needs, including 2 USB 3.0 ports and HDMI out.
The 4GB Dell Chromebook 11 will be available in January 2014, whilst the 2GB model is expected to land some time in the first quarter of 2014. The estimated price will be under $300 and available to both US and UK educational customers.
As this is an education device, it won’t be available to everyday Chromebook users, but Dell’s first foray into Chromebooks is a very good sign that we’ll see more consumer-orientated Chrome OS devices in the future.