On Wednesday, Dell introduced the Chromebook 11, the company's first entry into the Chromebook market. With this unit, Dell is shooting to bring an affordable and highly-portable solution to students, teachers and administrators. A model with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM will launch in January, followed by a model with 2 GB of RAM in the first half of 2014.
"Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process," said Neil Hand, vice president, Tablet and Performance PC Group, Dell. "The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country."
According to the specs, this Chromebook features an 11.6-inch, edge-to-edge glass screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. This screen is backed by a fourth generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR3 RAM as previously mentioned, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and a battery providing up to 10 hours on a single charge.
The upcoming Chromebook also features a 16 GB SSD promising a fast boot time of under 8.4 seconds, a front-facing 720p webcam, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI output. The Chromebook measures less than one inch in height, and starts at 2.9 pounds, making it highly portable. The device also comes with Dell Wyse PocketCloud pre-installed, allowing students and teachers to access, edit, save and share their digital assets.
"The Dell Chromebook 11 features exceptional manageability and security with an easy to use web-based console that enables centralized configuration and tracking," reads the company's press release. "The management console allows IT administrators and teachers to quickly push or remove applications and enforce safe browsing practices across all Chromebooks in a school's network or in a specific learning environment."
Dell is expecting to sell the Chromebook 11 below the $300 mark when it begins to ship next month.