In the past Chromebooks have been low power web only laptops, but over the last few years Google has not only improved Chrome OS and its web capabilities as well as built out its native app capabilities. With building out is native app capabilities Chromebooks needed to be more powerful and some users wanted premium Chromebooks. Google and OEM’s delivered with standout models like Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook and HP’s Chromebook X2 as well as Google’s PixelSlate and PixelBook Go.
Today’s 16-17-inch laptops are smaller than previous models, due largely to the fact that display bezels have been shrinking. So now a 17-inch display can fit inside a 15-inch laptop chassis. With that in mind, according to a report by Gabriel Brangers of Chrome Unboxed, ASUS is developing a 17.3-inch Chromebook and could be released by August this year.
Our tipster informed us that the new Chromebook would be a budget-friendly model built on the Intel Jasper Lake platform with an option for the Celeron N5100 or the Pentium Silver N6000 from that line of CPUs. There was little else to go with apart from a model number but searching that particular model did produce a couple of results from two sites in Switzerland that confirmed the information from our source.Chrome Unboxed
ASUS CX1700 Chromebook
- Chrome OS
- Intel Jasper Lake Celeron N5100 or Pentium Silver N6000
- 4GB RAM (8GB possible but not confirmed)
- 64GB storage
- 17.3″ Full HD display
With Intel’s Celeron and Pentium options, this Chromebook certainly isn’t a powerhouse, but according to Brangers the Celeron model with retail for roughly $579, but his tipster says it should retail for $299.