This morning, Intel and Google held a little event in San Francisco that was all about Chrome OS. Intel announced the Bay Trail processor that is available in a slew of new Chromebooks coming out later this year. Intel announced that just about every PC manufacturer is putting out a new Intel-based Chromebook this year. ASUS is one of the first out of the gate with a new Bay Trail processor. the ASUS C200 has been leaking out everywhere, and features the Intel Celeron N2830 processor. It also has an 11.6-inch 1366×768 resolution display, so it's about the same display as every other Chromebook out there, still no real HD display on an Intel-based Chromebook, unless you pick up the Chromebook Pixel. It also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage as well as Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI jack, audio jack, and SDXC card slot.
The C200 has a Bay Trail processor, which means we'll be seeing at least 11 hours of battery life out of the C200 Chromebook. Which is great battery life, and a slight upgrade over the Haswell processors last year, which were marketed as having 7-8 hours of battery life. 11 hours is just insane for a laptop, in my opinion. Although Apple has been doing that for a while with their laptops – namely the Macbook Air.
Still no word on when exactly the ASUS C200 is going to launch, but as far as we can tell, it'll be priced at $249 and should be launching any day now. Seeing as it's official now. It'll also be available at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and just about any where else that sells Chromebooks and other laptops. It'll likely hit the top 10 Amazon's best selling laptops pretty quickly as well. How many of you are interested in picking up the ASUS C200 Chromebook?