HP and Acer Unveil New Chromebook

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HP and Acer recently unveiled the world’s first Chromebook that utilizes an AMD processor. HP’s Chromebook 14 and Acer’s Chromebook 315 now come with an AMD A4 processor, with the option to use an A6 processor in some markets. Existing Chromebooks are mostly making use of Intel and even mobile-friendly ARM processors. AMD’s A6 and A4 are roughly the equivalents of Intel's Pentium and Celeron processors, which are designed for lower-end and more power-efficient machines. HP’s Chromebook will be making use of integrated Radeon R4 or R5 graphics, depending on which CPU you choose. HP claims they have 9 hours of battery life and Acer allegedly has 10 hours of battery life. The HP laptop starts at $269 for 32 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, and a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1366px by 768px and a micro SD card slot. When the companies were asked why they wanted to utilize AMD processors in their Chromebook, HP responded that it is “past time.” HP’s Chromebook will also be joined by their more premium two-in-one, the x360 14 G1, which is loaded with an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 64GB of storage, while having a 4-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel touchscreen. The x360 14 G1 will also come with a Chrome Enterprise license.

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