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We've been hearing rumors about Tegra-powered Chromeboooks for quite a while now (anyone remember the supposed Tegra 4-powered Chromebook Pixel?), but it looks like the first one could actually be set to release in early August. According to a product listing on Swedish retailer Komplett.se's site, the Acer-built Chromebook CB5 is packing a Tegra K1, 4GB RAM, a 32GB SSD, and a 13.3" HD display. Looking at images on the site, it appears that the device is sporting two USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an exterior that's ready to give the Samsung Chromebook 2 a run for its money.

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Unfortunately, all other details have since been pulled from the site, but the original listing showed a launch date of August 1st. This all but confirms not only the existence of a TK1-powered Chromebook, but also a tentative launch date.

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Aside from the Chromebook Pixel, this may be one of the most powerful Chromebooks we've seen hit the market to date – here's to hoping that "HD" screen is 1080p, which might just make this the "perfect" Chromebook...at least for now.

via Martin Roos (Google+)

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Aaron Jaeger

    IPS?

    • Pal

      I just might value this over resolution.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Usually when they say "HD Display" without mentioning the resolution it's almost always 720p or like 1368x768 or whatever weird res is used :/

    • ddpacino

      Yea, unless it says "Full HD", then 720p it is.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      DON'T RUIN MY DREAMS, MATTHEW

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      • heat361

        Even if its 720p, if it has an IPS screen it will be a huge improvement over current Chromebooks.

        • ReyMaxwin

          HP's Chromebook 11 has an IPS panel. The K1 does not guarantee better performance as the current Exynos processors achieve 6K on the octane bench, while the haswell based ones are pulling an 11k score. But I do wish some one kills Intel at their own game. The x86 monopoly has dragged for too long.

      • Derek

        OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED AND THERE IS A 1080P OPTION!

        http://i.imgur.com/vwMin.gif

    • Pal

      I place more value on IPS than resolution. I don't see the point of a high-res screen if the colors are relatively flat and has limiting viewing angles (looking at you, Samsung Chomebook 2).

      But of course, I'd rather have both, without raising the price. We are impossible to please.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        It doesn't have to be "high-res" but 720p at 13.3 inches is terrible. Hurts my eyes.

        • Pal

          1440x900 would sure be nice.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Meh.

          • someone755

            The Nexus 10 resolution would be nice.

          • Pal

            I'm trying to be realistic! :)

            Nexus 10 resolution would raise the price too high, and you won't have your face as close as you would with a tablet anyway.

          • someone755

            Oh, Chromebooks are meant to be inexpensive? Sorry, I don't follow this, I'm an Android and PC user :P
            Tho looking at some data I just found, the Pixel goes for like 1300 dollars.
            Looking at it from purely a gamer and power-user's perspective, that is a lot of money. That could get you a serious PC. Even a very serious laptop. Or two un-serious overpriced pieces of plastic from Sammy!

            At the price, I don't see an excuse for it not being 4K, even.

            And as for it being a laptop and not needing as much pixels, sure, okay. But it's 13" and has a touchscreen. I know, 1080p or even less would do it (I have 1280*800 on an old 15" laptop and can't see the pixels), but if that's all you get for the price, F it, I'm better off buying an overpriced piece of junk from Razr. Or a Surface tablet (for some reason I would love one, even though I have no idea what to do with it xD).

            Of course, if the price tag I've found is correct.

            Also the original Pixel had this for resolution, according to CNet: 2,560x1,700. So, um ... yeah ... Talk about battery drain, eh?

            Unless this new model here is targeting the "budget range" (anything over $400 and you're really better buying a real laptop imo). At $300 it would be a steal for work on the go, though.

          • Pal

            No harm done if you're not caught up on Chromebooks. The Pixel was Google's own attempt to make the perfect Chromebook, with no compromises. It was given away last year to all developers at Google I/O, much like Nexus devices (with the difference being that Nexus devices tend to cut a few corners). It was never meant to be a mass consumption device.

            The draw of Chromebook is the price since it has the advantage of having a free OS. With the Chrome OS' lack of a large software catalog, price needs to be kept low to make it enticing. A few other selling points are that they're fast for the specs, boot up in seconds, automatic updates, less vulnerable to viruses, and long battery life. This is why most Chromebooks are priced between $199-399.

            My guess is that this device will cost around $300, since its current iteration launched at $249 (I'll just assume that it'll cost more, then later release a budget version with 2GB RAM/16GB SSD for $249). Nexus 10 is a little old now, but for reference it cost $399-499 (16/32 GB) at launch.

          • someone755

            The new Nexus tablet doesn't seem to be cutting corners. $500, damn. And made by HTC. :P
            About the OS being free, there are laptops that come without an OS or with a form of Linux preinstalled. The high price limit is still too high for most people to buy. But then again, "it never was meant to be a mass consumption device".
            Are you saying that this is kind of like 4K TVs? :P They cost a ton, but there is no difference from normal 1080p TVs. Yet some people buy them.
            It does sound cool, but man is it expensive for a low-power laptop that needs internet at all times for even basic word processing.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          I had a 15" laptop with 1366x768 and didn't find it bad at all

          • abobobilly

            Its not bad, but not good either.

            Okay scratch that. It looks horrific.

            Its about time manufacturers start to ship higher resolution displays.

          • Nathan Fletcher

            I am still using a studio 1555 with that res

    • Mkvarner

      Even worse is when Quad HD can be both 1440p and 4k.

  • kpkp

    More powerful then Haswell cromebooks? Not sure about that.

    • Pal

      Do yourself a favor and search for "K1 vs Haswell". You'll see that benchmarks put the K1 above Haswell (i5), so feel free to raise your expectations.

      • Ivan Maldonado

        The K1 is faster in GPU performance than the IGP in the i5. CPU wise, Haswell still crushes the K1.

        • Pal

          If stuttering isn't an issue by offloading more work to the GPU, offers better battery life, and is silent... I'm comfortable replacing my C720. Though I'd like to see how it compares to the next-gen Intel processors that the upcoming Chromebooks are packing.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Black color?

  • Porkchop

    Is a Tegra K1 really more powerful than an Intel Celeron? The Samsung Chromebooks are noticeably slower than the Celeron Chromebooks, right now--even the new Chromebook 2.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The K1 is much more powerful than the Celeron.

      • Pal
        • jammer

          That appears appears to be a graphics only comparison.

      • Stylus_XL

        Every ARM Chromebook I've tested feels laggy and stuttery compared with Intel models. Chrome OS still isn't properly optimised for ARM processors. The Tegra K1 might be stronger than the Haswell Celeron in terms of benchmarks but we'll have to see how that translates to actual performance on Chrome OS.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I haven't tested the ARM models, but I used to own a Pixel, and I found it to be a slow piece of crap with a crappy battery life that I was more than glad to get rid of a few months down the road, so my experience with Intel Chromebooks is pretty subpar as well.

          • Justin W

            I suggest trying out the new round of Haswell chromebooks - I usually get 8+ hours of battery life on my HP14. The only real complaint I have from the device is the screen is absolutely horrible. I really would love to pay $500 or less for a chromebook with an IPS FHD display - is that too much to ask?!?

          • Matt

            I think there is too much focus on being cheap or low entry price. I have no problem paying more if they can give me something more. But nobody seems willing...

          • Justin W

            I'm fine with offering cheap/entry level products, especially on an OS that was meant for that area, but it's only high-end product shouldn't be in the thousands of dollars. Give us the low end of the market, middle, and high-end. I want a decent keyboard/trackpad/screen with more than 16-32gb storage on an SSD. If only I could install ChromeOS on other devices.

      • kpkp

        "Powerfull"... to bad not all power is equal and you will have a hard time harvesting the power of the GPU for HTML, javascript... But ey maybe WebGL will run like a dream :-)

      • renz
  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I hope it's full HD and not just HD.

  • Sean Lumly

    Chrome computation is (AFAICT) generally CPU-limited. So if this version of the K1 is using Cortex A15 CPU cores, I would expect it to perform similarly to the Exynos 5800 Chromebooks on the market.

    It's WebGL performance, though, would be pretty impressive.

  • ddpacino

    Tegra...?! I'll wait for the reviews on performance. Hope it isn't as bad as the new Samsung ones.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Tegra K1 is a beast.

      • ddpacino

        Thanks, Artem. Well then, this might be my next Chromebook.

    • Pal

      Plenty of evidence out there to suggest that the K1 is superior to an Haswell (i5) processor. Search for "k1 vs haswell".

      • Matthew Fry

        That's a pretty hard sell based on the links Artem passed along. It was a graphics test against the i5 Haswell with HD 4000. It was not a raw computation benchmark.

        • Pal

          True! Hopefully the carpet will match the drapes.

  • Pal

    This is my next.

  • Brandon Quintana

    Soo, would this mean that we're talking better gaming performance for the ChromeOS ecosystem in the coming future?

    • Pal

      Yes.

  • Pal

    Where's the ethernet port? I see two USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone, 1 power, and maybe Kensington lock.

    • Matt R Carner

      Ethernet port? Where we're going, we don't NEED ethernet ports...

      (FYI - I don't own all Chromebooks, but I have four different models - none of them have an ethernet port...)

      • Pal

        I'm only asking since it was mentioned in the article, even saw it on another site. I think it's dissemination of the wrong information, not my faulty eyes.

        And yes, that's the thing: I've never seen a Chrombook with an ethernet port, so thought that this might be the first. Upon closer inspection, no port, as usual!

        • Matt R Carner

          Huh! What do you know? I must have skimmed over that part of the article. Looks like it's on the back of the device with one of the USB ports.

          • Pal

            Same height as USB, most likely HDMI. Time to cross off the ethernet rumor :)

          • Matt R Carner

            You're right - it's not ethernet. It's mini-DisplayPort. Which, you know, can be used for ethernet (with an adapter).

          • Pal

            Too wide (about double) for a Mini Display Port, and I think the only Chromebook to ever have it was the Pixel. I'm sure you're used to seeing all those HDMI ports on your own Chromebooks :)

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            Ohhh, good call. I bet that's what it is, too.

    • TedPhillips

      yep, hdmi.

  • BC

    I just bought a Chromebook...Now I may need to upgrade in a few months if reviews of the device fit my standards. I really should have waited for the next wave of Chromebooks
    to be released.

    • KojiroAK

      You could say that all the time.
      No matter how long you wait, by the time you buy a product a short time later a better will be released.

      Better ask what you want a device to do and then buy the one, that's closest to that or above (if it's with in your price range), because no matter what will come, if you bought what you needed you still have it, no matter what comes later.

      • BC

        True enough, I did consider all the things I wanted before buying the model I found suited my needs. Consumer Technology is a constantly growing market, which is why I try to buy what I need and know I can always upgrade later on.

  • Jerum

    This sounds good, especially is the display is above 720p but I'll hold judgement until I see the nvidia cpu actually deliver. I love my HP 14 Chromebook but the screen disappointing. Not awful but not good either.

  • MaroonRaccoon

    I'm posting via a Toshiba Chromebook (also 13.3in), and in all honesty, I'd take a backlit keyboard over a 1080p screen. Would a bigger screen be nice? Yeah...but backlit keys would be absolutely killer when I am too lazy to reach for the light switch.

    • GraveUypo

      well... i used a keyboard with no key labels for 4 years. so i guess different people, different priorities.

  • robert

    So all this power for Google chrome os? I wonder whats in store for chrome now?

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    32gb SSD and 4gb ram is good. Not sure about the Tegra CPU.