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Toshiba Chromebook Details Finally Leak

2013_chrome_group_no_bg_800-2 Despite being announced back in September 2013 little has been revealed of the forthcoming Chromebook from Toshiba. That is, until now.

Thanks to a mistake by PC Mag, whose embargoed pre-CES (Consumer Electronics Show) hands on with the device was accidentally published ahead of schedule, we know more about the hardware powering the device, as well as some general news about its build, weight and thickness.

The Toshiba Chromebook

We’ll start with the most interesting aspect of the device: the screen.

Every Chromebook currently on sale is either 11-inch, 12-inch or 14-inch. Toshiba clearly didn’t want to conform and opted for a 13.3-inch screen. The back of the screen has a textured feel.

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The screen itself has a resolution of 1366×768, and is said to be fairly standard. There is no touch-support or super hi pixel density.

As with the recent HP, Acer and Dell devices, the Toshiba uses an Intel Celeron 2955U CPU. This dual-core Haswell chip is clocked at 1.4Ghz and, for the most part, is more than up to the job of powering Chrome OS and Chrome Apps.

2GB of RAM means you can rock on with plenty of tabs open, while the now-standard 16GB SSD means you can keep some local files handy, too.

specs boxAs an energy-effiencent chip Toshiba estimate that their Chromebook can run for 9 hours before needing a charge. 

Elsewhere there’s a smattering of USB 3.0 ports, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, a Kensington lock, SD card reader and full-size HDMI out.

At less than 1-inch thick and weighing in at 3Ibs, the Toshiba device is more than matched with Chromebooks on offer from Samsung and Acer.

Finally, price. PC Mag say that the device will retail in the US at $279. This is the same price as the HP Chromebook 11, and $20 cheaper than the larger (if similarly spec’d) HP Chromebook 14.

  • David

    Where is this rule that states that all Chromebooks must have a terrible resolution? *unrelated note, why won’t discus ever allow me to login on this site?

    • NBK

      Exactly, though the resolution is relatively good on an 11 incher,its pretty poor on anything bigger. I’m sure people would be willing to pay a bit more for a quality screen.

      • Curtis Mitchell

        Right screen size, wrong resolution. I’d love a 16:10 (1440×900 is fine) aspect ratio on a 13.3” though I suppose I’d settle for a 1080p screen. Through in solid build quality and some other physical/aesthetic amenities and I’d be all set.

        Basically I want an Apple laptop that is running Chrome OS but doesn’t cost as much

        • CurtisGetsIt

          After spending the past week with a MacBook Air that work gave to me – THIS!!!! I’ve been telling my SO this all week long!

    • Anders Barfod

      My older 15.6″ laptop has a 1366×768 resolution. It has a gloss screen and looks ok. The same resolution on a 13.3″ would be totally perfect in my opinion.
      I think the choice of display resolution is related to the hardware specifications and the common support for streaming. The haswell celeron 2955U is just a 1.4 gigahertz dual core with low level intel HD graphics built in.
      Aspect ratio though is 16:9 which is a bit more difficult to work with (writting documents) than the 16:10 aspect ratio.

  • Jon A.

    Glad as I am about hearing about another manufacturer giving Chrome OS a try, I’d really love to see one of them do something different. Kudos to Acer for the touchscreen, Toshiba – try something different. Anything. Please.

    • Yvan Philogène

      Hmmm… 13.3″ screen is different :)

  • niagr

    And there go my hopes for a mid-range Chromebook

    • TechWings

      Not quite. Asus is supposed to announce both a Chromebook and a Chromebox at CES. Fingers crossed it’ll have better display than this, and better performance than the HP 11.

      • niagr

        I really hope so. ChromeOS could be so much more with better hardware. And I want to have a lower-end option than the Pixel.

      • MrMiketheripper

        Core i3 chromebook with 4gb of ram. Keep it at a good price and I’ll be sold. a fairly powerful x86 based chromebook would be great (I could dual boot full on Ubuntu on it easily so)

        • fuzzylumpkins

          the reason they aren’t releasing mid-range chromebooks with more powerful chips, is because the only people who want them are looking to run Linux. a VERY small segment of people.

          • Joe Montfort

            True, that.

            Chrome OS requires little in the way of hardware grunt. More powerful chips and a greater amount of RAM don’t necessarily provide much noticeable added benefit in terms of performance, at least not in routine use. Right now, attracting new customers (who are not informed or geeks) still requires a certain leap of faith, and a low price point gets their attention.

            That said, things that do provide more immediately noticeable benefits, such as lighted keyboards and more upscale construction or aesthetics, might find and audience. I think they will eventually arrive, but am content for now to wait.

          • Midgeslayer

            I disagree. More RAM is a good thing. I had a Samsung Chromebook (2gb RAM). Painful, stuttery, irritating. Sold it and got a Samsung 5 series 550 model (4gb RAM). Brilliant! Never falters, my macbook and Thinkpad rarely get used these days. To be clear I pin 9 tabs and have the same again open at times. I hope that when the 550 dies there will be more 4gb options available.

          • FehrKJ

            Try schools and many businesses around the globe. Chromebook sales are booming. Amazon is currently selling many more Chromebooks than they are Notebooks.

        • Sebastiaan Franken

          Why don’t you build a chromebox yourself? Buy a NUC (from Intel), load it up with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256GB SSD and dualboot Ubuntu and Chromium OS (build it yourself from source,the documentation is excellent). Not sure if dualbooting would be easy at all since ChromeOS has a weird partitiion layout. It *shouldn’t* be that hard since they use Syslinux as the bootloader

          • MrMiketheripper

            That’s a good idea however, I already have a desktop at my disposal with Ubuntu and Windows 7. Sometimes, I just wanna be lazy and have a laptop on my lap and do some stuff though, yano? And the chromebooks are quite attractive but they can be lacking in power (haven’t tested any Celeron chromebooks, I own a Samsung chromebook which is quite nice but at times lacking)

  • Iiari

    I had hoped that Toshiba would come up with something more enhanced to stand out. I guess not. The pick of the bunch still seems to be the HP Chromebook 14 with 4 gb RAM.

  • Graham Carroll

    I really hope some manufacturer makes a Chromebook with a back-light keyboard, a high-resolution screen and good speakers. I’d be happy to pay an extra couple of hundred for an awesome chromebook that’s about half the price of a Pixel.

  • Wesley Files

    For the price, nice stats all around. Depending on the execution, it could make a great contender for top selling Chromebook.

    I really want a larger screen in a Chomebook, but I don’t want much more weight. I’m not sure how much hope there is for that in the sub-$300 range, though.

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Aside from 2″ larger screen, it’s largely the same as the Acer C720 – and that starts at $199.

      • Wesley Files

        The C720 leaves a lot of room for improvement. I’m sure you know that. People love cheap stuff, but $270 is still cheap enough if the unit reviews well, for people that desire a larger display.

        • fuzzylumpkins

          or better build quality. the c720 has atrocious build quality.

          • Wesley Files

            Exactly what I meant. The C720 is utilitarian, but most people want some “luxury” in their products. See the entire Apple product line and their sales figures, for example.

          • ubiaram

            That’s right. I had many notebooks in my life. But I have yet to meet an Acer with good build quality.

          • Novalax
  • ubiaram

    Meh. Asus give me a Tegra 4 machine!

  • David Šafrata

    It looks quite well-built.

  • anododo

    it would be cool it there was a chromebook with the specs of a samsung galaxy s4 or a kindle fire hdx.

    • Seth Forbus

      I’m not sure what you mean. The samsung chromebooks use the xyenos processor which is the same as the galaxy phones. About the same ammount of ram too.

  • disqus_lVpobd1VXa

    if i just bought a new win 8 laptop that i now dual boot with ubuntu studio for just 229 dollars why would i buy a os with hardware around it, no thanks…

    • Joe Montfort

      Why?

      No maintenance, no DLLs, no registry hacks, no device drivers, no antivirus or malware protection necessary, and no having to install software on it to make it useful, just for a start.

      Then there’s the quick boot time, the remote printing possible with Cloud Print, not having to back up one’s data or apps, and the low price point.

      Those are apparently good enough reasons for a lot of folk.

      • disqus_lVpobd1VXa

        Yes I’ agree with you, yet it must also be said that I’ aparently was not clear in what I wrote…let me try again:
        Win 8 I’ never use but came with a low price full laptop, not a gate towards the cloud and I’ use Linux only and have fun when using my low price hardware, don’t get me wrong I will buy a chromebook at least once in my life I’ hope.
        Yet you are right about something else: a lot of folk like the new cloud base internet of the future, but I’ don’t… and I’ guess that many, many, many opensource users do not like cloud base systems either, so back to my point if i can buy a full os even if i don’t use it, yet its there just in case I sell the laptop in the future, I end up getting my money back, a product with future value…

        Nobody pays good money for a use car, unless it a top a line one.
        Same for computers, regarding viruses well again you are right, but in linux i have no viruses either, so….
        About the cloud;
        I’ me, personally can never see myself trusting everything to the air, where anybody can access my info, documents and just personal stuff in general… I’m looking foward to Ubuntu touch and if maybe I can dual boot it with chrome os then yes this is a good, good, good price indeed for a future linux laptop that happens to have chrome os also.

        i will say this I use my smartphone to control my chromecast, maybe just maybe using a chromebook at this price is good enough reason so that i can use it a remote control for chromecast and WOW netflix, Yes, Yes, Yes I will buy one now, linux does not do netflix, Thanks and bye…

        • Bradkal

          well if you get a windows laptop, sometimes things don’t work when you install linux, and then you’re also giving money to microsoft if you get it new!

          Also there is a way to get netfllix on ubuntu but its old so idk if it still works!
          http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/11/how-to-use-netflix-on-ubuntu

        • jsebean

          Simple. No Frills. Fast. That is the only reason why I have a chromebook. I still have a regular PC, but I find myself on the chromebook more often (like now) just because it’s so fast, lightweight and simple.

        • Anthony Tumiwa

          well, i have linux, windows, and chrome OS at home, the most frequent OS i use is chromebook, because at home i mostly only browsing internet , and Linux and Windows take a longer startup , so its why i prefer Chrome , and dont forget even though the Linux is safe from security threat, but it still not guarantee 100%, Chrome is safer

  • Spacefly

    Seems there is decent demand for mid-range Chromebooks, so why is no one making any?

  • Baseball11626

    Intriguing. While still “low-end” this is a compelling compromise for me. Lighter and slightly smaller than the HP14, better build quality than the 720 (hopefully), and looks somewhat similar to the samsung in my opinion. Anyone know if there will be a 4gb variety?

  • Tiago

    when will this be available for sale ?

  • Fred .

    Lower screen resolution than my 7-inch tablet.
    Obtrusive logo with too sharp contrast.
    Much screen space wasted on dead area around the screen.

  • John Scott

    Thing is you can buy a Windows PC for just a bit more with a full operating system. Why is it that you get mediocre everything on a Chromebook and yet its close to $300. I paid $199 for my Acer C720 which is plenty for a Chromebook.

  • tony

    Almost every cheap laptop has similar specs so one with a back-lit keyboard would be my top priority. The screen and speakers would come at more expensive price which would just mean it’d become a mid-end laptop. But that would probably even contend with the mac’s. Chromebook with a great touch screen, high-end speakers, and back-lit keyboard would be amazing and only cost around $450/500, I’d buy it any day.