Sometimes you don’t need to reinvent the wheel—you only need to update it. That’s why Toshiba is updating the Chromebook 2 to answer complaints that the model lacked processing power. The company’s Digital Products Division (DPD) revealed the update this week.
The new Chromebook 2 is more like a refresher, adding new models that will either power a 5th generation Core i3 or a Celeron processor. Chromebooks run Chrome OS, which relies on Google’s services on the cloud. The new option is expected to improve the Chromebook’s overall performance.
Another interesting feature of the new Chromebook 2 is the backlit keyboard, which is quite unusual for its price range. So far, the only Chromebook to use backlit keys is the new Chromebook Pixel from Google. It looks like Toshiba’s Chromebook will be joining the class.
"With the launch of our latest Chromebook 2 models, Toshiba delivers brilliant performance for an outstanding experience on and off the web with entertainment-inspired hardware features that make the most of Chrome OS and enable customers to get things done faster wherever their Chromebook 2 takes them," said Philip Osako, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Toshiba.
Additionally, Toshiba partnered with Skullcandy to use two front-facing stereo speakers on the Chromebook 2. The device also has on-board dual array microphones and a web camera capable of recording in HD format. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and comes with a slew of ports, including a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, SD Card slot, and another one for the security lock.
The rest of the specs are the same. You get 13.3-inch Full HD display, a 12-inch body, 8.5 hours of battery life, 100GB of Google Drive storage, 90-day unlimited music streaming on Google Play, and 12 in-air passes for Gogo Internet. Toshiba didn’t specify the capacity of the internal storage. However, Chromebooks usually come in 16GB and 32GB storage flavors.
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The Chromebook 2 will launch in October at a price of $429.99 for the Intel Core i3 model and $329.99 for the Intel Celeron variant. Have you ever used a Chromebook before? If so, are you willing to update to this version? Chromebooks are popular nowadays among students and professionals because they are portable and fast.