Today Dell officially revealed it first Chromebook offering. It will be an 11.6-inch laptop aimed at the educational market. While some of us may feel that Chrome OS is just to limiting for day-to-day to use, some are suggesting it could mesh well with the education environment for similar reasons.
Neil Hand, Dell's vice president of the Tablet and Performance PC Group, says, "The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country.”
The Dell Chromebook 11 packs a Haswell Celeron 2955U dual-core processor, 16GB of solid-state storage capacity, and a 1366 x 768 display. Along with a 720p webcam, it comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, and USB 3.0 connectivity. The 2.9 pound Chromebook will come with a 10 hour battery life according to Dell.
The device will ship in two configurations, both very similar except one will have 4GB of RAM and one will have 2GB. Dell says the 4GB model will be available next month on December 11, with the 2GB version expected some time in Q1 2014.
At this point exact pricing is unclear, we know that the Dell Chomebook 11 is "expected" to sell for under $300, but there is no indication which model that number is referring to. Dell will reportedly be announcing Chromebooks for businesses and everyone else sometime next year.