Dell is the newest PC manufacturer to join the Chromebook crew, after HP and Lenovo decided to bring their own designs out, it looks like the kingpin of the PC world will join to try and bring a new take on the same good, cheap formula that has worked for many other Google partners.
Named the Chromebook 11, Dell’s entry into Chrome OS bares a lot of similarities with previous Chromebooks – even the name is exactly the same as HP’s Chromebook and the internals are nothing to write home about, the Chromebook 11 screams cheap to make and cheap to buy.
Inside the Chromebook 11 is a Intel Celeron processor, 2 or 4GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display. On the design front the Chromebook 11 looks thin and lightweight, with a sleek dark grey color we have not seen on other Chromebooks.
The Chromebook 11 apparently has 10 hours battery life and is made for students and schools. Chromebooks have been marketed towards schools and US and European colleges are starting to embrace the idea of working in the cloud with Google services instead of Microsoft’s Office suite.
Dell says this is the first of many Chromebooks to come from the PC manufacturer. In the race to move away from PCs as a primary source of income, it seems many of the old PC manufacturers have gotten stuck in the Chrome OS world, as their smartphones continue to fail to gain any market share.
The next Chromebooks from Dell will be offered out to small and medium sized businesses as solutions to their users who have used Windows for quite an age, we believe these will have more horsepower and some new software features making them more available for widespread business adoption.
It is nice to see another PC manufacturer on the Chromebook ladder, but the question really does stand as to where Google will take this project and if they will even fully integrate the platform with Android.