Brace yourselves: $149 Chromebooks are coming

Now that multiple Windows-powered neo-netbooks are selling for $199, Chromebooks have sort of lost their pricing advantage. Google and its partners may be about to venture into new waters with even more affordable systems, though.

According to DigiTimes Research, a pair of upcoming Chromebooks from Asus and Lenovo are "expected" to retail for just $149. The systems are due out in the "first half of 2015 at the latest," and they'll apparently both feature processors from Chinese firm Rockchip.

DigiTimes reckons the Lenovo offering will be an 11.6" machine powered by Rockchip's RK3188 system-on-a-chip, which packs four ARM Cortex-A9 cores and Mali-400 MP4 graphics. The Asus system will also have an 11.6" display, the site predicts, but there's no word on its internal specs.

If Rockchip's name sounds familiar, that may be because you saw the headlines about the company's partnership with Intel earlier this year. The two companies are working together to produce an x86 SoC aimed at low-cost tablets. That SoC, oddly enough, is also expected in the first half of 2015. Hmm.

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