Toshiba entered the Chrome OS market with its Chromebook 13 early this year. That model ran on Intel’s Haswell chip and had around 9 hours of battery life when I reviewed it. Now, simply by switching to a newer processor, an updated model of the Chromebook 13 is expected to last for 10.5 hours on a single charge.
OMG Chrome caught the product update on Toshiba’s Australian site, where the computer is noted to have an Intel Bay Trail chip inside clocked at 2.16GHz. That explains the extra power when away from an outlet as the Bay Trail chips use less juice. They also don’t offer the performance of an Intel Haswell chip, however, so I’d expect this newer Chromebook to be a step slower than the old model when running Google Chrome OS.
Another improvement listed for the new Chromebook 13 is faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Aside from the chip change and better wireless support, little else appears changed. The 13-inch display is still 1366 x 768 resolution and the Chromebook still comes with 16 GB of storage although OMG Chrome has evidence suggesting the possibility of either 2 GB or 4 GB of memory. Since Toshiba hasn’t announced the new model for all regions yet, we’ll have to see what options it offers.