It seems like the Chromebook world has new competition through the introduction of AMD processors by HP.
On the 6th of January, 2019, the company had announced about their Chromebook 14. This is the first Chromebook ever to use AMD processors. The existing Chromebooks are majorly dominated by Intel along with few mobile friendly ARM-based processors. These basically made their debut before AMD.
When would Chromebook 14 be available?
The Chromebook 14, according to The Verge, would be available later this month, i.e. January. The sale would be for $269; which includes the AMD’s dual core A4 processor inside. This basically means that an A6 processor option will also be available in few of the markets.
Perks of HP’s AMD processor –
AMD’s A line is very roughly equal to Intel’s Celeron line. This means that the AMDs are lower end processors which are designed for simple as well as for power efficient machines.
The Chromebook has a 14 inch screen. The resolution supported is just above 720p. It has a 4 GB RAM along with 32 GB of storage. The battery life provided by HP is estimated to be nine hours.
More Insight –
Why did HP provide AMD processors in their Chromebook?
When The Verge had asked this question of why HP had put AMD processors in a Chromebook, the only answer they got was that “it was past time.”
But that doesn’t really answer the question: it’s not clear whether switching to AMD allows for cheaper Chromebooks, improved performance, or just creates more options. It’s not clear that this is better in any way — just different.
Thus, obviously more competition would mean that it would lead to cheaper choices for specifically Intel. AMD has already been positioning its chips as the better value. But it’s not entirely clear what the motivation is to make the change now.
Also according to The Verge, a report from Chrome Unboxed indicated that HP might not be alone here — the site spotted references to up to three in-development Chromebooks with AMD processors back in August. So it might not be long until HP has company.
Source – The Verge