Toshiba Joins in Chromebook Fray With Company's First Chrome OS Device
Toshiba has recently revealed the Toshiba Chromebook, the company's first ever Chromebook. It's the only Chromebook in the market to feature a 13.3-inch display that might appeal to users who are put off by the small displays found in current Chromebooks. The machine will be available for purchase from US retailers from February onwards at US$279.99, the same price as HP's Chromebook 11. For now, it's not clear when the Toshiba Chromebook will reach Singapore, but we will keep this space updated once we find out.
“We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward by giving customers an option that opens new doors for productivity, not only for consumers, but also students and educators.”
Since it's priced to move off the shelves, the Toshiba Chromebook will come with a standard 13.3-inch TruBrite display that has a resolution on 1366 x 768. That's not exactly the best display in the market, but it will be sufficient for browsing the web, editing documents everything else the Chromebook is designed to do. It's large display also allows space for a full-sized keyboard and large trackpad, which helps when working with productivity applications.
And instead of an outdated ARM processor, the Toshiba Chromebook will come with a Haswell platform, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron (2955U) dual-core processor. It will be supported by the machine's 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB solid-state-drive (SSD) which is somewhat small, but which delivers much better performance compared to a mechanical HDD or even eMMC storage. Thankfully like all other Chromebooks, the Toshiba Chromebook will come with 100GB of free Google Drive storage to make up for its lack of storage.
According to Toshiba, their new Chromebook will also be able to have up to 9 hours of battery life. Its larger size also allows it to be equipped with more ports than a smaller 10 or 11-inch Chromebook. The Toshiba Chromebook will have two USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, a security lock slot and a card reader, and support for Bluetooth 4.0, as well as dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.