Google has introduced Chromebook Plus, a new category of Chromebooks that should make it easier for consumers to choose more powerful models. Drawing parallels with Intel’s Evo program for Windows-based computers, the Chromebook Plus certificate will be awarded to laptops that meet the best technical criteria. This initiative aims to help even those customers who are not very well versed in technical specifications.
The key features of Chromebook Plus are:
Faster platform: each Chromebook Plus laptop must be equipped with 12th generation Intel Core i3 / AMD Ryzen 3 7000 processors or better, at least 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage;
Display and camera:
ноутбуки мають бути оснащені IPS-дисплеєм з роздільною здатністю Full HD та вебкамерою з роздільною здатністю 1080p+;
Improved video calls: Chromebook Plus uses built-in artificial intelligence to improve video call clarity, lighting, and background noise. This feature is compatible with a variety of video conferencing apps such as Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams;
Support for more demanding programs: Chromebooks Plus should run Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Express, and LumaFusion without any problems;
Artificial intelligence functions: Chromebook Plus integrates artificial intelligence capabilities directly into ChromeOS. Upcoming features include AI-assisted content creation on websites, image generation for personalized wallpapers, and AI background generation for video calls.
Starting October 8, 2023, the new Chromebook Plus laptops will be available for order at major U.S. retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Target. In Canada and Europe, they will be available starting October 9, 2023.
Several devices that have received the Chromebook Plus certificate have already been announced:
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming ChromeBook Plus 16: a gaming Chromebook with an RGB keyboard and a 120Hz display, priced at €690, available only in EMEA.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus 14: a 2-in-1 transformer aimed at content creators, priced at $499.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook Plus 14: a lightweight clamshell laptop for $550.
HP Chromebook Plus x360 14 and Chromebook Plus 15.6: laptops designed for productive work and creativity, priced at $750 and $600 respectively, scheduled for release on October 8.
Acer Chromebook Plus 515 and 514: Available with Intel Core and AMD Ryzen configurations starting at $400, they will be launched in October.