We see a lot of leaked info pass through our hands, but not too much of it is Chrome OS related. Despite outpacing the PC, Chromebooks go relatively unnoticed until launch. The latest rumor is that Chromebooks will get a bit more like a PC, with at least one Chromebook OEM (maybe even the best) upping the screen size significantly. Acer is rumored to release a 15.6-inch Chromebook next year, and couple it with a fifth-generation Broadwell processor from Intel.
Acer’s new device is also reportedly called the C740, which keeps with their current C-something naming scheme.
In addition to the Broadwell chipset, you the C740 will reportedly come with the option of a Core i3 processor. You will also be able to choose between a 2GB RAM & 16GB memory option, or a 4GB/32GB variant.
Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, WiFi, and HDMI are also said to be included.
The display here is typical Chromebook fodder (read: underwhelming). At 15.6-inches, the screen will sport a 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 resolution. There is also believed to be reinforcements to the screen to make it more durable, and it will have anti-glare characteristics built in.
Acer’s new C740 is also reportedly aimed at educators, with Acer reportedly ready to market it as a “Teacher’s Chromebook”. Rugged hinges are included to survive the bumps and bruises this one might get while being toted around a classroom.
Oddly enough, this Chromebook reportedly launches in March. If education is the aim, launching toward the end of a traditional school year seems a bit off. Then again, if teachers aren’t familiar with Chrome OS, a summer to tinker might be a good idea.
Source: OMG Chrome