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Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook: premium design, 15 hours of battery life
- Dell is launching the Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 on October 22.
- This will be Dell’s first high-end consumer Chromebook, and it will be priced at $599.
- The Chromebook will have a 14-inch display, along with an impressive battery life of up to 15 hours.
Dell is joining the growing list of companies that plan to launch a Chromebook with higher-end hardware specs. Today, as part of its IFA 2018 press event, Dell announced the Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1. It’ll launch on October 22 for the price of $599.
Dell’s new premium Chromebook will have a 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display. Since it is a 2-in-1, it can rotate 360 degrees for use as a big touchscreen tablet. Probably one of the most notable things about this Chromebook is the size. While 14-inches is far from huge, it’s much bigger than we often see with Chromebooks. Those wanting a premium Chromebook with a bigger display will be pleased to have more options, though Lenovo certainly has the large-size-Chromebook market cornered at IFA.
Inside, you will find Intel’s 8th generation Core i3 8130U processor, along with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. Perhaps the most impressive part about the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is its battery life, which the company claims will last up to 15 hours on a single charge. As with most new Chromebooks, the new Dell model will be able to install and run Android apps from the Google Play Store.
It also has an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus for drawing and note-taking on the touchscreen, which is stored on the bottom of the Chromebook so you won’t lose it. It also has a backlit keyboard, a USB 3.1 port, two USB Type-C ports, a microSD card slot for adding more storage, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
We are starting to see a trend in PC companies offering Chromebooks with better hardware and more expensive prices in their attempt to compete with higher-end Windows notebooks. Samsung launched its Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus in 2017 to start this trend, and Google continued it with the launch of the Pixelbook later that year. This year, we have already seen HP launch the Chromebook x2 for $599. Acer also recently revealed two new Chromebooks, the Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13, that will go on sale in September with pricing that will start at $650 and go up to $950.