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Dell to Release 15.6-Inch Chromebook Under $300, Report Claims

Acer C910 Chromebook 15.6

The upcoming 15.6-inch Acer C910 will be the first Chromebook of its size to go on sale, but if a new report is correct, it won’t be alone in the position for long.

Taiwanese tech industry weblog Digitimes claims that Dell is prepping a 15.6″ Chromebook for release in the first half of 2015.

Their source for the claim comes, as always, from the ‘upstream supply chain’ and suggests that both Dell and Acer devices could arrived “priced under US$300”. The purported 15.6-inch Dell Chromebook will boast similar specifications to the Acer model, including the use of an Intel Broadwell-U processor whose performance is on a par with a Haswell Core i3 chip.

Quite how ‘similar’ they’ll be remains to be seen. Dell could steal a march by offering a slightly better set of screen options. As we reported earlier in the month, the Acer C910 will offer (initially) two non-glare display (read: no IPS) options at standard HD (1366 x 768) and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolutions.

The most interesting part of the (often derided) site’s claims are on price and positioning. Google is said to be aiming for a sub-$300 price point for the new crop of super large Chromebooks, and will launch them just in time to take on a new raft of cheap ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing notebooks’ which won’t, conversely, be available in such a large form factor.

Canny move, if true.

CES 2015 could possibly offer our first glimpse of this, the Acer and other upcoming Chrome OS devices. Thankfully, there’s not long to wait now…

  • tinkicker

    Give me IPS and a backlit keyboard and me and my old eyes are writin’ da check.

  • monica Lewinsky

    Give me 5th gen i3, IPS, 4 Gb ram 32gb storage, 1080p and ill buy it

    • Zactu

      But matte screen for me and backlit keyboard. And user upgradable ram and storage will be nice.

    • João Victor Schiavo

      And I also want usb 3.1 type-C reversible connector, please

  • Kenneth Fegley

    and I thought I was the only one that bought chromebooks larger than 12 inches

    • An Acer rep told me earlier in the year that sales of 11.6-inch devices to consumers had stalled once 13.3-inch models arrived on the scene, but in education the 11-inch form factor remains most popular (presumably because a) they’re more practical/portable/child-sized and b) tend to be cheaper)

  • moe

    dell chromebook with 14 inch body would be nice, like their xps 14. more screen and less bezel or at least thats what i hope for.

  • I personally think the 13.3/14 inch is a very nice sweet spot between screen size and portability. Personally, I think 15.6 inch is a bit of an overkill for the type of use Chromebook is associated with.

    However, it will be nice to see them in action next year and get some user reviews after that.

  • Winnz

    Just curious, why an Acer Chromebook as a thumbnail when the article is about Dell?

    • miri

      My guess is that there is no image of the Dell device and the Acer is the only other 15.6″ Chromebook.

  • Dragonbite

    13-14″ is great for portability and doing most things. There are times I would prefer a 15″ but only if it is thin and light.

  • For under $300, don’t count on an i3 with a 1080 display. I suppose it’s possible but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d spend $400-$500 for a Chromebook with a backlit keyboard and number pad, with USB 3.0+ and 4GB RAM. 32GB SSDD and 1080 aren’t necessary but I suppose they’d be nice.

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