Just ten days ago, Asus C201 Chromebook powered by Rockchip RK3288 processor was spotted on a product catalog. Today, Google unveiled two Rockchip Chromebooks, except the Asus Chromebook is not there yet, but instead Haier Chromebook 11 HR-116R and Hisense Chromebook both available for pre-order for $149 respectively on Amazon US and Walmart.
Both laptops have very similar specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288-C quad core Cortex A17 processor @ 1.8 GHz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU. (Wallmart claims a 2.5GHZ processor frequency, but this has to be an error).
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC Flash Storage + micro SD slot + 100GB Google drive storage, free for 2 years
- Display – 11.6” HD wide screen LED-backlit display; 1366 x 768 resolution
- Video Output – HDMI
- Audio – HDMI, stereo speakers, headphone jack,
- Connectivity – Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 2×2 (MIMO) a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Battery – 10 hours (Haier); 8h30 (HiSense). No capacity reported
- Dimensions – Haier: 17.9mm thick; Hisense: 29 x 20.4 x 1.93 cm
- Weight – Haier: 1.09 kg; Hisense: N/A
Even though, Asus Chromebook was not officially announced, Google mentioned the company for two upcoming products: Asus Chromebook Flip made of aluminum and with a flippable display that will sell for $249, and Chromebit, a new category of Chrome OS products that are basically HDMI TV sticks running Chrome OS.
I’ve not exactly sure which processor is used in these, but Rockchip RK3288 could be a possibility as well as long as it’s under-clocked, and they are expected to sell for less than $100. Update: Engadget got hold of a sample and it’s indeed based on Rockchip RK3288.