Intel’s Haswell processors promise better performance and improved battery life, and results have been evident in all of the products that carry these processors. Acer and HP opted to use the Haswell processors in their Chromebooks which were unveiled earlier this year. If the latest from Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes is to be believed, both ASUS and Toshiba might go down the same road next year. Both manufacturers are expected to launch their own Intel Haswell powered Chromebooks in 2014.
According to sources cited in the report, prices of ASUS’s Chromebooks might range between $199 and $329. The first wave will include 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch models. A concrete release date is not known, but sources expect the release might happen in the first half of 2014. Toshiba too is rumored to unveil its Haswell Chromebooks next year, though the company is said to outsource production to Inventec. No expected price point or release time frame is available for Toshiba’s Chrome OS powered notebooks, it is not even known what display size the Japanese manufacturer is going to opt. At this point in time, shipment of Chromebooks account for under 5 percent of all notebook shipments, the addition of two new manufacturers and their products is likely to improve the figure.