Dell debuts first Chromebook

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Dell has introduced its first Chromebook, a web-centric laptop targeted at the education market. The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixel), along with an Intel Haswell Celeron 2955U processor.

Additional key specs include 16GB of solid state storage, up to 4GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.

The laptop weighs a scant 2.9 pounds, with Dell promising up to 10 hours of battery life. Pricing? $300 base and a launch date of January 2014 in the US and UK.

As Liliputing's Brad Linder notes, the laptop bears more than a fair resemblance to Dell's recently introduced Inspiron 11 3000 Series notebook. 

"That model has an additional USB port, a touchscreen, and Windows software, but it’s pretty clear the Chromebook 11 is cut from the same design cloth," said Linder. 

In addition to the Chromebook 11, Dell is also rolling out its Wyse PocketCloud software for easy access to documents, media and other files stored in a “personal cloud." PocketCloud for Chromebook will be live in Chrome web store in January and likely won't require a Dell laptop.