Google may be putting Intel’s new Haswell chips into its future Chromebooks. The new Haswell chip is intended to be used by ultrabooks, and it promises battery life of up to 24 hours on a single charge. Through some digging, GigaOM was able to uncover the name, Haswell, throughout various code for a device codenamed Slippy. The implementation of Haswell chips would make Chromebooks much more appealing as an alternative to a traditional laptop.
Chances are we won’t be seeing these Haswell Chromebooks at Google I/O 2013 from May 15th-May 17th because the Haswell chips aren’t expected to be used by manufacturers until June 4th. But we could be seeing these Chromebooks by the time Fall comes around, or perhaps by the holiday season, when Google would be able to convince a good amount of users to purchase their efficient, easy-to-use devices.
Chromebooks are seen as an alternative to laptops, mainly for those who only need a portable computer to surf the web, type out a few documents, or perform other simple tasks. They are convenient devices, and with the inclusion of the new Intel Haswell chips, they should last much longer than the average 5 hour battery life span they have now, making them more efficient computers.
There are currently a few Chromebooks out on the market, some being affordable with a pricetag of $249, and others, like the Chrome Pixel, going for as high as $1299. The Chromebooks are currently increasing in popularity in the market as a replacement for the now-dead netbooks. If Google integrates its Chromebooks with the Haswell chips and still manages to keep its prices low, we could be seeing these devices skyrocket in popularity. Check out our review of Google’s latest Chromebook, the Chrome Pixel, to see what Chrome OS has to offer.