COMPUTER MAKER Dell has confirmed that its Chromebook 11 will launch in the US on 16 January.
Speaking with a product manager at Dell World this week, The INQUIRER were told that though this is a firm US date, the UK date should be a very similar time.
On Wednesday, Dell became the latest laptop maker to announce plans for a Chromebook in 2014, following similar announcements from Asus and Toshiba earlier this year.
Named the Dell Chromebook 11, the affordable Chrome OS powered laptop will retail for just £159 when it launches in the UK and US sometime in January and will be available online.
Dell's Chromebook 11 is aimed at the education sector, and is "designed to facilitate integration of technology in the classroom for teachers, students and administrators," offering an affordable alternative to Windows or Mac machines.
"The Dell Chromebook 11 features exceptional manageability and security with an easy to use web-based console that enables centralised configuration and tracking," Dell explained. "The management console allows IT administrators and teachers to quickly push or remove applications and enforce safe browsing practices across all Chromebooks in a school's network or in a specific learning environment."
The Chromebook has an 11.6in display with 1366x768 resolution. Dell said that it measures less than one inch thick and weighs 1.3kg.
As you'd expect for such a low price point, Dell's Chromebook 11 isn't the most powerful device, but Dell claims it is powerful enough to perform all the tasks required by the Chrome OS with ease. The device sports a Haswell based Intel Celeron 2955U processor, Dell claims it has up to 10 hours of battery life.
There's a 16GB SSD for internal storage, which might not sound like much, but Google also bundles 100GB of free cloud storage with its Chromebook, free for the first two years.
Dell said that the Chromebook 11's SSD enables it to boot up in less than 8.4 seconds. It will be available in two models, one with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and another with 2GB of RAM.
"This provides options for the education ecosystem, allowing students, teachers and administrators to access, create and collaborate throughout the day at a price point that makes widespread student computing initiatives affordable," Dell said.
It also boasts two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and an HDMI port. Expect to see it available online over the next month or so. µ