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  • grahaman27 - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Fanless + 13 hour battery life? Man would this have shut up all the critics early on if they had known. Reply
  • Wilco1 - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    I think the myth that A15 is a powerhog as claimed by Anand is properly debunked now. 13 hours battery life!!! That's significantly better than any Chromebook so far, including the Baytrail variants which get just 8 hours using a similar 11 inch screen. Reply
  • Egg - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    What...? Something with an A15 in it having great battery life is not evidence. We need a proper comparison - with real measurements.

    Also A15 being a power hog was relative to other ARM CPUs.
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    I didn't think we'd ever see a 32bit ARM CPU in a consumer product using PAE to attain 4GB of RAM.

    Not now that 64bit cores are right around the corner, at least.
  • N8SLC - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Tegra K1 is a 64-bit solution. Reply
  • lilmoe - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Not this one. It comes in models: K1 with 4x Cortex A15 (32bit), and K1 with 2x Denver cores (64 bit).
    While the 64bit version isn't out yet, this one is absolutely exceptional so far. Too bad it's wasted on a Chromebook...
  • name99 - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Not these K1's. Didn't you see? These are A15 based. Reply
  • N8SLC - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    I missed that! Thanks for the correction. Reply
  • asoltesz - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link

    I believe the two Tegra K1 variants are pin-compatible, so it will be very easy for Acer to upgrade to the 64bit Denver variant when it becomes available later this year. Reply
  • flashpowered - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    I have an Acer C720 and use it more frequently than my ThinkPad. In use however a few shortcomings have become apparent and I'd really rather see a more premium Chromebook than more plasticky models.

    I'd really like to see: 64GB of storage, 13" IPS 1080p display, metal chassis and a backlit keyboard. I'd happily pay £500 for that device. I guess what I'm describing is an Aspire S7 but with lower specs and Chrome OS.

    Increasingly I'm of the opinion that I'll end up with a Macbook Air but it's not the device I want. With the Chromebook I could lose it and just buy another. That makes it the perfect portable in my eyes, but I want them to be a bit more useful and a lot tougher. My C720 goes in a Belkin sleeve with my shoulder bag and regularly there is a stripe on the screen where it has been compressed by the keyboard edge. If manufacturers are going to chase low end customers rather than diversify then I think some opportunities are being lost.
  • systemBuilder - Friday, October 17, 2014 - link

    I agree that the old thinkpads were great, but the new ones all suck with horrible keyboards and scratchpads and for the backlight, for any laptop now, can buy a $3 USB articulating lamp at IKEA that plugs into the USB port and does what a thinklight does now. Thinkpads, RIP. Reply
  • TheJian - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Intel isn't winning ANYTHING in chromebooks. They are giving away 1.15B in chips for 50million in revenue. You are losing 1.1B just to sell these things. Which pretty much means you are PAYING people to use your chip. I don't call that winning anything. Baytrail is a loser, and the 1.1B in mobile losses shows it. They'll hit their 40mil tablet goal all right, but it will cost them BILLIONS in giveaways to do it...LOL. The move to 14nm will change nothing as ARM will hit 20nm even before that. The goal posts move for both sides. The only way Intel will stop arm is to BUY Nvidia and something tells me Microsoft or Google would win first. MS has nokia and makes surface now, so owning the soc is a great idea and they make enough yearly now ($22B) to buy them with pretty much 1yrs worth of income. Google a bit tougher but might be a better fit for NV anyway, as they already want DirectX dead (both sides) and desire to push OpenGL. Google also has devices so again a good fit, not to mention motorola surely gets socs here too. With Intel, though the best fit (imagine a 14nm ARM M1, or GPU shortly and how that would cripple the rest at 20nm), it would be tough due to the company hate between them.

    But again, Intel isn't TAKING design wins. They are BUYING them and accelerating MOBILE LOSSES (up from ~937mil last q loss)...ROFL.
  • thesavvymage - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    your post has so many illogical business recommendations. Intel knows what they are doing better than YOU know what they are doing. Stop trying to think you know better. There is no big picture synergy to MS or Google buying nvidia. Reply
  • TheJian - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link
    JP Morgan agrees. As do many others. I'm sure shareholders agree too. You'd be making 13B+ per year instead of 9.xBil if you dropped mobile. The only way to stop this is to buy Nvidia.
    "“We continue to believe mobile is a money pit for Intel,” says Danely."
    Note his discussion of TI exiting and now reaching new highs in margins etc. You're completely ignoring MONEY, which is what intel is in business to make ;)

    It is illogical to you to save 4.4Billion dollars in losses per YEAR? The losses are accelerating as I noted up from 929mil in Q1, now at 1.1B per quarter.
    They are already mulling it over themselves...LOL. Though they likely won't say it publicly any time soon. When Investment houses start saying you need to leave, how can you call me ILLOGICAL? You must be ignoring the losses and the news.
    "Intel is said to have lost $2.4 billion on mobile last year and plans to lose more this year as it pays mobile OEMs to use its chips."

    We already know those numbers are blowing up now. PAYING people to use your stuff is a recipe for success to you?...LOL. Whatever.
    "If a Intel is locked out of high-end hand-set manufacturers by its business model, and reduced to competing at the low end with its very high fixed costs, it is going to lose a bundle."

    Yep, can't agree more. Losing a BUNDLE 2 quarters after these remarks.
    "The mobile and communications group saw a $3.1 billion operating loss in 2013, with 1Q14 losses hitting $929 million and revenues at $156 million."

    Now those numbers are 1.1B loss on 50mil revenue. You are COMPLETELY going the wrong way, and giving them away even WORSE than the quarter before now. How bad will it be next Quarter? Did you just skip math class or what?

    Both google and MS sell devices. For MS it's nokia/surface (both use socs right?), and google with nexus devices also a don't forget motorola probably still gets some preferential treatment too even if owned by Lenovo now. You've never heard of Vertical Integration? Get everything you can IN HOUSE. IE, Samsung makes 68% of the crap in their mobile devices, and hence they profit TONS vs. competition. Owning the soc would allow both MS/Google to drive the price down further on their products or make more on them not to mention owning datacenter gpus (NV owns top 15 green 500, many top 500 supercomputers also using telsa), and 65% of discrete market, 85%+ workstation market gpus etc. DATACENTER is huge for both of these two. MS will continue to lose tons on mobile until they join the arm/android race. Don't forget they make $5 per lic anyway, might as well JOIN them if you can't BEAT them right? Great logic. MS could start possibly branding their own servers or at the least using their own gpus then in boxes for all their datacenter needs at a reduced price. Clearly you don't get the logic here. You don't see how NVidia fits for both of these two? Google pushing gaming too (androidL+AEP), so why not own the top gpu and just block others or at least bend them to your will. IE, as K1 etc (desktop gpus) take over ARM ecosystem you could force samsung to stop forking if they want to use your chips and do the same to anyone else wanting them (or they just get left behind in gaming each year even worse by M1, V1 etc or whatever they call them). We've seen now S805 doesn't even touch K1 and they aren't in a device yet. S810 won't change this either and S810 is a die shrink, so it will have to deal with NV's shrink too. They will gain nothing. It's clear NV is a soc leader for at least tablets, and will likely start to take some desktops eventually just as chromebooks took 21% of ALL NOTEBOOK sales. 90% of google's store revenue is GAMES. The best gpus don't fit in this situation? ROFL. Really? 80%+ at apple, and 60%+ at amazon's stores.

    Apple could buy them too I guess (CASH even), I just think they are probably working on their own gpu to get rid of Imagination but I could be wrong. They would get cheap gpus, socs, server tech etc then too, since they'd use their own still just better and again block others from using NV tech. How badly would that move hurt Intel sales? They'd be stuck with AMD stuff only then right? Mac sales probably go up with a move like that. Blocking google from using K1 not a bad idea either before they REALLY get gaming going on android with AndroidL+64bit etc, PSU's, heatsink/fans on them in 500w-1000w boxes just like PC's but with a free OS and no Intel premiums. Apple's problems with Android are growing, so wise to take out one of their best parts that will help Google push android into gaming (NV GPUS) for years to come.

    MS might be able to update their console with 20nm M1 or something also, if sales of the x86 one keep sucking wind vs. sony they could release an ARM box that is even more powerful a few years from now. As Android/Arm hits 14nm consoles will look even worse than they do now right? They are already a tough sell, with android having cheaper games and units and as power amps at 20nm and then 14nm not long after these will become nearly impossible to sell to all but hardcore console fans. We know hardcore is less than half of those sales, the last half of their life is bought by casual users as price drops and more games are out. With $60 games, I suspect many in the last half of the years of this generation of consoles will be buying android devices to play $20 or less games that are just as fun and look great.

    You're not making sense. There are many ways NV fits into all 3 companies if only to block each other from using this stuff and further hurt Intel (MS has no love for Intel, they are partners but not friends, and Intel already defected to android so surely they want to stab Intel ASAP). I could go on, but you should get the point. Most importantly I'm not alone saying Intel should exit a terrible business loss. JP Morgan stupid? LOL.
  • Morawka - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    i dont think intel has enough money to buy Nvidia. Sure they have a lot of revenue, but they have a shit ton of overhead with Thousands of employee's across the globe, and around 20 factories/laboratories to pay the light bills on. Reply
  • s44 - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    "This is the first ARM Chromebook we have seen in a while"

    Just totally wrong. You mention Samsung's original ARM model but not the two refreshed ones released just this summer, one of which, at 4gb/$400/3lb/1080p is the most direct competition for this?

    Way to start off your AT career.
  • Stephen Barrett - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    no reason to be mean :)

    You're right. I've updated the article in a few places to address this.
  • aryonoco - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    Hey, AT readers are a tough crowd.

    I thought the article was well done. A very good first piece, Stephen.

    Tegra K1 and ChromeOS. Interesting. You get the feeling that Chromebooks have some real momentum behind them now. All the "analysts" wrote it off when it came out in 2010, but times, they are a-changin...

    You do get the feeling that that amazing GPU is "lost" mostly while running ChromeOS though. Sure, WebGL could always take off, but it hasn't yet, and right now, I'd say single-threaded CPU performance is more important running ChromeOS, and so Haswell still wins.

    But 11 hours battery and fanless is tempting. If that high-end model had an IPS screen, it would be so close to the "perfect" Chromebook. As it is, I fear it's going to be another low-quality TN display like that 1080p one in the new Samsung.
  • asoltesz - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link

    I fully agree about the need for an IPS display in higher-end CBs. That was/is one of the big strengths of the HP Chromebook 11 (it is a pitty that it is mostly crippled by that Exynos 5250).

    A HLP CB11 with a Tegra K1 could be a very strong contender in the 11" crowd. (If the price remains the same)

    That Kepler GPU may get better utilized when Chromebooks start support Android apps (which seems to be on the table now).
  • Alexey291 - Friday, August 15, 2014 - link

    yeah I remember these points (IPS vs SOC) pretty much being the decider when I was buying my HP14 and was really tempted for HP11 (for a better screen)...

    Eventually though the ability to install chrubuntu and steam (for home streaming) kinda won so I got HP14 in the end :)
  • TheJian - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link
    Acer with Haswell 2955 says 8.5hr for 3950mah, but only 11.6in and 1366x768.
    Acer K1 13in with 1080p, 3220mah but 11.5hr. I think haswell 2955 loses based on the specs.

    I think it's safe to say Intel lost. Smaller screen, lower res AND far bigger battery but 3hrs off the battery life? That's a loss right? So 2955u means nothing.
    $299 2955u model has 7.5hr life and a larger psu (65w vs. K1 45w). Same 2GB 32GB ssd, so not sure how to explain this other than Intels sucks more power.
    4GB/32GB SSD K1 13in model also 11.5hr 45w psu. Intel sucks more power right?

    Intel, PowerVR and Qcom all seem behind now. Denver should improve things more in Nov as it drops the 4+1 A15, for plain dual core@2.5ghz and is in house or NV has failed at making a cpu ;) I'm guessing success or google wouldn't be going with them for HTC Nexus 9 in nov.
  • Guest8 - Saturday, August 16, 2014 - link

    That is until Cherrytrail comes out next year on 14nm Reply
  • bleh0 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    I still haven't found a use case for a chromebook but from what I've read about Tegra K1 it is quite an amazing SoC. I'm tempted to try this model out just because the K1 is powering it. Reply
  • Morawka - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    Finally a $300 1080p chromebook Wow i'm getting one. Reply

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