AMD this week launched a series of Chromebook-specific processors and hardware makers like Acer and HP are on board with new devices.
“AMD is raising the performance bar for modern Chromebooks,” AMD senior vice president and general manager Saeid Moshkelani says. “With up to eight cores, the Ryzen 5000 C-Series processors give Chromebook users the flexibility to stay unplugged all day without sacrificing performance and productivity.”
The Ryzen 5000 C-series is aimed at the premium segment of the Chromebook market. It brings AMD’s Zen 3 architecture to Chrome OS devices, offering better performance with up to 8 high-performance processor cores and all-day battery life, AMD says.
There are four models: the Ryzen 7 5825C with 8 processor cores and 8 GPU cores, the Ryzen 5 5625C with 6 processor cores and 7 GPU cores, the Ryzen 3 5425C with 4 processor cores and 6 GPU cores, and the Ryzen 3 5125C with two processor cores and 3 GPU cores. Each is a 15-watt design, and each will appear in new Chromebooks from leading hardware makers this year.
We know about two already.
Acer will release a new version of its Chromebook Spin 514 in Q3 with prices starting at $580. It will offer a convertible design, a 14-inch Full HD display, up to a Ryzen 7 5825C processor, Wi-Fi 6, up to 256 GB of PCIe Gen-3 NVMe SSD storage, a 1080p webcam with a manual shutter, two USB-C gen-2 ports, and optional HDMI, and will offer up to 10 hours of battery.
HP, meanwhile, has announced the HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook with multiple 14-inch display options (including touch and non-touch versions), up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, fast charging, Wi-Fi 6E, and, get this, Chrome OS support through June 2030. It will ship in June for $559 and up.