http://whatisop.com details the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks, it's the Rockchip RK3399-C Hexacore 6-core, dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 in big.LITTLE formation with Mali-T860MP GPU.
I believe that OP1 is the big push by Google and Rockchip, together with manufacturing partners such as Samsung shipping with Samsung Chromebook Plus from February 12th for $449 at Amazon.com to finally push Chromebooks to a Billion users worldwide, now with OP1, I believe that they have optimized the processor for mass market Chromebook success, with an optimal performance, power consumption and price point. They have worked for over a year on the OP1, to optimize it for the Chromebook market. As you can read on http://whatisop.com the OP1 chip is optimized for smooth low power consumption web browsing on super nice high resolution displays, with dual USB Type-C connectivity, fast reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, up to 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that means that all the advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, many other productivity Android apps such as OfficeSuite and PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, also Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and PDF and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.
Samsung releases the nicest ARM Powered Chromebook in the world ($449 at Amazon.com), the Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks (Rockchip RK3399) dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 Hexacore 64bit with ARM Mali-T860 GPU. This Chromebook is ultra-thin at 14mm, ultra-light at 1.08kg yet runs 10 hours on the battery even with its amazingly nice and bright 3:2 aspect ratio 12.3" 2400x1600 Quad-HD ultra-bright 400nit LCD Display durable with Gorilla Glass 3.
The Acer Chromebook 14 ($274 at Amazon) is a Chrome OS device that comes fully finished in metal for around US$300. Equipped with 14" 768p (1366x768) or 1080p (1920x1080) pixel display, dual or quad-core Intel Celeron processors, 4GB RAM, 16/32GB of Flash storage, 2xUSB 3.1 ports, the Chromebook 14 is meant primarily for web usage and light office applications. Claimed battery life is up to 14 hours for the lower-resolution version.
The first ARM Cortex-A72 powered Chromebook, the first MediaTek Chromebook, powered by the Quad-core big.LITTLE MediaTek MT8173C Dual ARM Cortex-A72 and Dual ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR GX6250 GPU. This Acer Chromebook R13 is priced currently at $399, available now in the USA, soon should also be available in Europe. It looks great with a full sized HDMI, USB3 port, one USB Type-C port and a headset port. I am tempted to buy one, but I think I'll wait and see which Chromebooks will be released in the days/weeks to come, especially the rumored Rockchip RK3399 Powered Samsung Chromebook Pro.
Rockchip RK3399 dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 with quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 big.LITTLE at 28nm with ARM Mali-T864 GPU is ready for mass production, here showing an ultra-slim tablet, featuring dual USB Type-C for charging, for data and display output. Rockchip also shows their high performance VR solution ready for mass production based on RK3399, Chromebooks, Windows 10, Set-top-boxes, Robots and more are probably to come.
Rockchip RK3399 is Rockchip's first big.LITTLE processor, 64bit ARMv8, on 28nm with two large ARM Cortex-A72 cores and 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores, with ARM Mali-T864 GPU, it features dual USB Type-C with DisplayPort audio-video output support, H265/VP9 10bit 60fps HDMI 2.0 decode, PCI-e, 8 channel microphone array and support for the latest Android, Linux, Chrome OS and Windows 10. The RK3399 SDK is available to Rockchip's partners with sampling of the chip starting before the end of this month, full mass production in consumer electronics should happen in the 3 months of July to September 2016, depending on Rockchip's mass production device partners reaching stable results with the chip. Rockchip may position RK3399 as a mass market well priced Hexacore 64bit platform.
This video compares the Haier Chromebook 11E on Rockchip RK3288 with the Samsung Chromebook 2 on Intel N2840. They are also being compared by Moor Insights and Strategy at https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/cor4EPWfvP97lt There are several other "latest" Intel Chromebooks from Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, HP which all are running on N2840 Celeron, or N2830 Celeron, and thus for all these, Rockchip can claim to have better value, better performance and better battery life. Thus to be best suited for the worldwide education market.
Here are some of the numbers claimed in favor of the ARM Powered Chromebook in the case of RK3288 vs N2840:
80% better video performance
32% faster multi-tasking
37% faster app loading
265% faster 3D graphics
31% better power consumption for online video, Google Docs and Gmail
I have already been testing the Haier 11E as my main laptop over the last 6 months, and I can tell you that it performs absolutely great. There were some WiFi disconnect issues but I think those have been solved by Google's automatic software updates to the Chromebook. I will post a new video with my Haier 11E Chromebook soon so check back for that.
Moor Insights and Strategy has conducted a detailed analysis comparing Rockchip RK3288 with Intel N2840 Chromebooks which is available as a slideshow here: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/cor4EPWfvP97lt
Toshiba Chromebook Satellite CB30-B surely runs Google Chrome OS, based on 64-bit Dual Core Intel Celeron N2840 Processor, with 13.3’’ Full HD IPS TFT display, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, comes with 1*USB 3.0 host, 1*USB 2.0 host,HDMI port, SD card reader, with a nice slim design, retail price at 349euro at amazon now.
The Linaro Digital Home Group (LHG) has achieved a milestone in the delivery of an open source reference solution for the consumption of premium content on ARM powered devices.
The media solution ulitizes several open source components coupled with a commercial DRM that executes in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The TEE used is the Open Portable TEE (OPTEE) from Linaro, running on ARM TrustZone.
The solution integrates the following key components:
- W3C EME Working Draft (31 March 2015)
- Microsoft PlayReady DRM Porting Kit v3.0
- Chromium v43
The solution is powered by a STMicroelectronics STiH410 ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
ACER Chromebook R11 is 360 degree Foldable notebook with 11.6’’inch Touch screen, comes with very nice slim and nice design, based on Quad Core Intel Celeron N3150 @1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, retailer price at $299 coming soon in middle October.