There isn’t a shortage of Chromebooks on the market, as Google continues its Chrome OS march on the notebooks market. Recently, we have seen Acer launch the $249 C270 Chromebook model and HP introduce the Chromebook 11 with microUSB Charging for $279. Now, Dell has announced its very first Chrome OS laptop, the Chromebook 11.
Dell’s Chromebook 11 is an Intel-powered laptop with a Celeron 2955U processor, which, according to Intel’s webpage, can be clocked at a frequency of 1.40 GHz. Chromebook 11 is said to pack 10 hours of battery life, 16GB of onboard flash storage, and 2GB of RAM. There is also going to be a more expensive 4GB version, as well. Compared with other Chromebooks of its kind, the Dell Chromebook 11 stands out with its impressive battery life, but at the moment, this is just on the sheet, so we’ll wait for early reviewers to give their honest verdict.
The screen has a 1366×768 display, and there’s a 720p front-facing webcam for video conferencing. It comes with the 802.11n Wi-Fi, weighs just under 3 pounds and is slightly under an inch thick. There are two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and Bluetooth 4.0. Dell has created the Chromebook 11 specifically for schools and students and it is expected to hit the U.S. and U.K. market in January of next year for under $300.
Neil Hand, vice president, Tablet and Performance PC Group, Del, said the following:
Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process. The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country.
And Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google has also added:
Dell is no stranger to designing and building great computers, particularly in education. Adding Dell’s first Chromebook to our stable of devices built for the classroom is a big milestone, and Dell has been a great partner in this effort. The Dell Chromebook 11 with Google Apps for Education will bring exciting new possibilities for learning and collaboration inside and outside the classroom.
The Dell Chromebook 11 is aimed at teachers, students and administrators from the educational field. Besides the Google Apps for Education, Dell will also launch a web-based console that will let IT staff manage the applications and content available to pupils. Data encryption and sandboxing will also be present as security features. The Dell Chromebook 11 will come packed with the Wyse PocketCloud app, which is Dell’s cloud storage solution. Usually, we see Chromebooks coming with Google Drive storage, but this time Dell has insisted on its own solution.