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According to Digitimes, Google plan to adopt Intel Core i series CPU on the next generation Chromebooks. This shift from Intel Atom N570 processors is believed to aim at performance enhancement. It was reported that Google has already secured a 10-20% discount for related quotes. Besides, it was suggested that apart from Samsung and Acer, other notebook manufacturers including Taiwanese company Asus, would be joining the Chromebook family and were set to launch products after fourth quarter.
Google Chromebooks have been a hot-selling product as we learnt from Amazon. However, there have also been complains that while they are designed for light internet use, the price tag is a bit higher than mainstream Windows netbooks. The anticipated hardware upgrade is believed to make the Chromebook family more attractive to customers.