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The $330 Toshiba Chromebook 2 Offers a 1080p IPS Display

The new 13.3-inch Bay Trail-powered Toshiba Chromebook 2 has been officially announced, confirming much of what we already knew about it.

As we revealed yesterday, two devices are to be made available in the coming month. The first of these is set to retail at $249.99. It uses a standard TN display pushing a 1366×768 resolution. This is paired with 2GB RAM and a 16GB SSD.

A range of colourful snap cases are available

A range of colourful snap cases add style

A more expensive model will launch for $329.99. This keeps the same 16GB SSD but bumps the memory to a more generous 4GB RAM, hikes the resolution to a full 1080p, and swaps the TN panel out for a stunning IPS screen.

Both models use the dual-core Intel N2840 processor. While this Bay Trail chip is less powerful than that of the Haswell-based Toshiba Chromebook, it does offer up improved battery life.

You can expect to get around 11.5 hours on the standard model and near 9.5 on the FHD version.

Slimmer, Lighter, Brighter

toshiba chromebook 2

The New Toshiba Chromebook 2

Design wise, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes in a thinner, lighter chassis. Weight has been brought down to 2.96lbs and thickness reduced to a minute 0.76 inches.

Also included as standard is one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, full-size HDMI output, a headphones jack, HD webcam and an SD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi supporting the faster 802.11ac spec are also included.

Audio company Skullcandy provide an improved set of speakers, which are now positioned to the left and righthand sides of the keyboard.

Toshiba say they will also make available a range of colourful snap on covers, with the first set being available in Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose.

Everything should be on sale by early next month in the US, Toshiba say. European, Australian, and New Zealand releases are to follow shortly after.