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Tegra 4, Intel Bay Trail Chromebooks in Development

samsung-series-3-chromebook-tilePowerful new Chromebooks are in the offing, with models based on Nvidia’s latest Tegra 4 chipset and Intel’s “Bay Trail” CPUs reportedly under development.

The details of the devices, all of which are currently being tested on developer boards, surfaced through commits to the Chromium project picked up by blog MyCE.

News of updated ARM-based Chromebooks is far from unexpected.

Samsung are due to unveil an update to their popular Samsung Chromebook next year, powered by an Exynos Octa processor, while ASUS’ first foray into the Chrome computing segment has long been rumoured to feature  a touchscreen device based on a Tegra 4 chipset.

Do these recent commits, which do reference a Nvidia Tegra 4 ‘system-on-a-chip‘, refer to this? If so we can look forward to a powerful device:

  • 1.9Ghz Quad-core ARM Coretx-A15 CPU
  • 72-core GeForce ULV graphics
  • 3200 x 2000 resolution support

Intel Bay Trail Chromebooks

Also found in separate commits are details relating to developer boards based on Intel’s “Bay Trail” CPUs. These mobile-minded processors, many of which are used in new Windows 8 ‘convertibles’, have long been predicted by tech pundits as likely to feature in Chrome OS (and Android) notebooks.

One of the boards being tested pairs an Intel Atom E3845 (Bay Trail) clocked at 1.9Ghz with 2GB of RAM.

  • Caleb Lee

    I’m definitely excited about an updated version of my Samsung Series 3…the HP11 looks nice, but my Samsung is awesome so I’ll wait and see what the upgrade will look like :D

    • I want 13.3″ Exynos5420 $299 15 hours battery life, that would be nice..

    • Anthony Tumiwa

      and i want 10.xx” screen without camera and thinner/lighter body than samsung 303

  • almo

    hey how about a snapdragon 800 processor that would take Chromebooks to new heights, how come no one came out with one yet?

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      The snapdragon 800’s GPU isn’t up to scratch I believe – and it’s not that much faster than the current ARM machines.

    • Qualcomm should make this a priority for S800 and for the next S800 also coming up.. This is how they can make the Smartbook happen for real this time.

  • shadowguy14

    Hopefully they will function better with Google services. Currently my ARM sucks running anything from Google, ironically and it’s not my internet connection.

    • Daniel Berry

      Yes. That is why I use only Chromebooks with the Intel CPUs.

  • Andreas Arambasic

    Hope we don’t have to wait till late next year for new models.