Toshiba just announced its next-generation Chromebook line, the Chromebook 2. Is it the one you've been waiting for? I've got details and specs.
Toshiba just announced the line, which is composed of two Chromebooks, and they'll be available in the U.S. beginning October 5. They're both powered by a dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip, the Celeron N2840, which isn't quite up to the power of Intel's Haswell chips, but are faster than a number of other Chromebooks which are powered by ARM-based chips.
Both devices come with 13.3-inch screens, so you won't feel cramped using their screens. The lower-cost model, at $250, has a 1366×768 display and 2GB of RAM. That's not particularly noteworthy. But the higher-priced system, at $330, is more impressive, with 4GB of RAM and a 1080p IPS display. Both models have 16 GB of storage and free 100GB of Google Drive storage.
It weighs just a bit under three pounds, and is quite sleekly designed -- if you only glanced at it quickly, you might mistake it for a Macbook Air. Battery life is rated at nine hours. It also has impressive-sounding speakers. As for ports, it's got one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. There's also a webcam, HDMI output, and SD card slot.
So is this the device for you? It may well be, at least the higher-priced one. At $330, the screen size and resolution, and 4 GB of RAM is quite a good deal, better than most other Chromebooks you can find. For now, it offers a great balance between features, power, and performance. As for any other new Chromebooks that might be better, I'll keep you tuned in.