The hardware is supposed to be faster and more power-efficient than before thanks to Intel's Haswell processors. They should be available during the holiday season this year. Asus, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard currently offer Chromebooks based on Intel's older Celeron chips, while Samsung has a Chromebook running on an ARM processor.
Google is trying to expand into desktop-style computing with Chrome OS and thinks that Chromebooks represent 25 percent of sales in the sub-$300 PC category. This sounds a little high to us, but Google googled the figure so it must be true. Acer's Chromebook starts at US$199, while Google's high-end Chromebook Pixel is priced at $1,299.