ARM Chromebooks- What happened?

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  1. Michael Goff, Jun 12, 2016
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    Am I missing something here? Isn't ARM perfect for something as low power as a Chromebook? I know there are some lower cost machines that use weaker ARM chips and cost about 150$, but I'm thinking that we could use a higher end ARM chip (say an 820, MediaTek, newer Exynos) in one of these.

    Instead, we get atom for the fanless, and maybe a Core M if the laptop is more expensive.
     
  2. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    Am I missing something? Because you seem to be referencing a particular laptop.
     
  3. Michael Goff thread starter macrumors G3

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    I'm referencing the fact that we get almost no good ARM Chromebooks and a thousand and one Intel Celeron ones.
     
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    Because x86 is more compatible and faster?!?

    It's not rocket science.
     
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    Probably because virtually all Chromebook manufacturers are Windows notebook/laptop makers. It's easier and cheaper for them to use existing stuff from their massive "parts bin" to manufacture chromebooks where basically they are Windows-capable notebooks but without the Microsoft tax. Swap out a harddrive for a 32GB eMMC module -> money saved. 2GB RAM vs 4+ GB -> money saved. non-touch screen (though that is soon changing) -> money saved.


    I recommend sticking to rockets. :)
     
  6. Michael Goff thread starter macrumors G3

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    What does compatibility have to do with Chromebooks?

    That makes sense. Thanks.
     
  7. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

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    The Asus flip is a popular chromebook that uses an ARM processor (Rockchip RK3288C). Perhaps that's because it's small and doubles as a tablet.
     

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