Google on Wednesday announced that a new lineup of Haswell-based Chromebooks are set to hit over the coming months, helping to grow the search giant’s platform as a viable competitor. Since hitting the market, Chromebooks have become a very cheap—and solid—alternative to more established platforms from Microsoft and Apple. But Google’s Chrome OS has evolved, and the machines built to run the software are getting even better.
With Haswell now on board, Google and its hardware partners have the opportunity to make even more powerful Chromebooks that sip less power—that means much better battery and increased overall performance. When you have a laptop, say, in college, you don’t want to worry about your hardware running out of battery, so the inclusion of Intel’s new Haswell microarchitecture is a pretty big deal.
Google says we’ll see fresh Chromebooks from Acer, ASUS, Toshiba and HP over the coming months. The devices could be a huge boon for the education segment in particular; Google says more than 5,000 schools have deployed Chromebooks to students—about 20 percent of school districts across the U.S. Not bad. With Intel’s Haswell stuffed into future products, that statistic will likely climb in 2014, and may even climb among the average consumer.