Last year’s Chromebook launch may have failed to set the laptop world on fire, but at least one manufacturer is coming out with new models. DigiTimes is reporting that Acer is prepping a second-generation laptop that runs on Google’s browser-based operating system to be released in mid-October. The sources that tipped DigiTimes speculate that the decision is a bit of a passive-aggressive response to Microsoft, whose Windows 8-based Surface is coming out around the same time. Acer is also hoping that Chromebooks can bolster their declining netbook business.
Last year’s Acer Cromia came with a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom processor, an 11.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, and a front 1.3-megapixel webcam. You can expect this year’s model to feature a better processor, and possibly more storage space. Acer is hoping to sell up to 200,000 Chromebooks a month, which seems like a lot, but keep in mind that’s how many iPhone 5 pre-orders sold in two hours.