Both Asus and Lenovo are expected to bring their 11.6-inch display Chromebook notebooks powered by Rockchip CPUs in 2015, according to a report from Digitimes. Also, the devices are tipped to arrive with a price tag of $149 (roughly Rs. 9,200). The specifications or the availability details of the Chromebooks are not yet known.
As the report speculates, the introduction of $149 Chromebook laptops will pressure Microsoft to further drop Windows 8.1 licensing fees, which were reportedly cut earlier this year by 70 percent.
Notably, Lenovo has already used a Rockchip RK3188 processor in a 10.1-inch Android notebook, namely Lenovo A10, which was launched in October this year. Asus is however yet to manufacture any laptop using the company's processors.
On a similar note, HP in September introduced two colourful Chromebook models with 11-inch screen and 14-inch displays. The 14-inch Chromebook sported an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, while the smaller laptop was powered by an Intel Celeron N2830. Both 11-inch and 14-inch laptops were priced at $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,300) and $299.99 (roughly Rs. 18,500) onwards, respectively.
Toshiba also introduced its Chromebook 2 in the same month, using an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The Chromebook 2 comes with a starting price of $249.99 (roughly Rs. 15,400).