AMD's latest laptop CPUs include its first chips for Chromebooks

Ruben Fields
January 8, 2019

Intel has dominated the Chromebook market since its 2011 inception, with the duo-core Celeron N3350 and the quad-core Pentium N4200 being the two most common processors in models from the past two years. The company, among other things, will be showing off a slate of new Chromebooks, in addition to Asus' first Chrome OS tablet - all of which are geared toward educational use, in the classroom. AMD has noticeably been missing from the action until now.

These AMD Chromebooks are shaping up to be excellent values based on HP and Acer's announcements today, and I imagine there will only be more of them coming throughout 2019. The hard, matte plastic exterior gives this laptop a really rugged feeling - it's very confidence-inspiring - and HP says that's to make it attractive to schools (though the Chromebook 14 will be sold in the consumer channel). The device has 4GB of RAM, 32GB built-in storage, and 47.36 Wh battery. Starting this quarter, AMD plans to provide regular/frequent Radeon Software Adrenalin updates for all Ryzen Processors with Radeon Vega graphics via AMD.com - game ready drivers etc. It features a 14-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution The AMD A4 model carries a price tag of $269 whereas the A6 variant is priced at $299.

The Chromebook 14 from HP includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support.

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The 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors powering Chromebooks from global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer and HP, deliver fluid web browsing and effortless everyday productivity for social media, streaming, and web gaming, the company added. It crams your choice of Intel processor, up to an 8th gen Core i7, and 16 GB of RAM inside. It comes with 32GB of internal eMMC storage. Battery life is rated for up to 13 hours, but, again, that might be too generous.

The Chromebook 14 measures just 18.35mm and the 180-degree hinge will allow users to use it in different modes.

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