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Dell announces the Chromebook 11, its first Chrome OS laptop

Dell announces the Chromebook 11, its first Chrome OS laptop

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There's a new competitor in the Chromebook market: Dell. This morning, Dell unveiled its first Chrome OS notebook, the Chromebook 11. The sub-$300 laptop is being targeted at schools and students, and will be available next month in both the US and UK. While it's sleek and black on the outside, on the inside its specs only seem to line up with the basic numbers we've been seeing lately inside of other Chromebooks. It includes an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 16GB of internal storage, options for 2 or 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display.

Dell says that the Chromebook 11 will last for 10 hours on a single battery charge, and that it'll be fairly light at just 2.9 pounds. Those specs seem to give Dell a Chromebook that's on par with recent offerings from Acer and HP (HP, coincidentally, even has a quite similar notebook of its own called the Chromebook 11). But Dell plans to roll out even more Chromebook options over the next several months — those, it says, will target a broader audience of consumers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Chromebooks have been getting better and better this year, and it sounds like Dell might give next year's Chromebooks a good start too.