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Code References for Three New Broadwell Chrome Devices Surface

A trio of Chrome devices based around Intel’s power-efficient Broadwell processors have been added to the Chromium OS repository.

This Intel CPU will feature in new Chromebooks

This Intel CPU will feature in new Chromebooks

Intel, who unveiled their Broadwell processor lineup at CES 2015, has previously said that we can expect a suite of new Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases using the fifth-generation chips to hit retail shelves this year.

The Broadwell Four

In all there are four Broadwell boards listed in Chromium OS. The first was spotted back in SeptemberGigaom’s Kevin Tofel notes that this is likely to have been the new 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook, due for release next month.

As to whom the rest of the boards belong to? Well that question currently lacks an answer. That said, I’d guess that one belongs to the new ‘rugged’ Acer C740 Chromebook due in March, while the other could be Dell’s rumoured 15-incher. 

Google gives its development boards codenames based on popular video games characters. The latest set is no different, being gifted monikers of three characters from the Final Fantasy franchise (Paine, Yuna and Lulu).

Not all boards listed in the Chromium OS codebase end up as proper products sitting on shelves, for various reasons. So while it’s a given that more Broadwell Chromebooks are coming, they may or may not end up being based on these specific models.

  • Droid6

    I’ll be waiting for Toshiba Chromebook 3 which is likely for the fall. I want backlit keyboard , an aluminium body or a decent built quality, 13-14 Inch 1080P IPS , Sleek with design with decent battery life, 2-4 Pound , 399 Price tag

    • Stefan van Aalst

      Similar but Acer and plastic…I don’t like the cold touch and easy denying of the sides. Also my C720 4Gb is a great machine …would be better with your suggestions.

      • Droid6

        Acer haven’t got the display correct that’s why I’m leaning toward Toshiba but Acer is right on

    • vloz

      (Btw, europe still doesn’t have chromebook 2 yet… :/ )

      • Sebastiaan Franken

        Yes we do. We (in The Netherlands) can buy it since January 1st

    • maevian

      and how is toshiba going to make a profit at that price?

  • monica Lewinsky

    I want IPS, 1080p (at least), 5th gen intel, fanless, 1kg max, 12″-15″, 4gb ram (at least), 32gb storage (at least), 4G LTE. Price start at 380 (1080p, 4gb, 32gb).

    • maevian

      I want to walk on the moon, these companies still need to make a profit

      • want a chromebook

        That’s fine, but they aren’t coming out with this type of computer for $600. I have the cash to spend, but apparently there isn’t a market for a mid-tier chromebook. IPS, 1080p, intel more M, 13 inch, 4 GB of ram should be $600-$700 and most can make a profit on that.

        • Sebastiaan Franken

          Those specs are <= $500, not more

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      So the Toshiba 2? Sans the 4G LTE, but then again who uses that?

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