Expect Chromebooks to use Intel processors starting in 2023, replacing brands like Pentium and Celeron.

Chrome OS devices are becoming more and more expensive, but the category really shines at the lower end of the price spectrum. You may notice that next year’s models of Chromebooks run Intel processors rather than Pentium or Celeron when you purchase them.

Intel announced in announced this morning that the relatively old Pentium (originally released in in 1993 ) and Celeron ( 1998 ) brands are being phased out. The company says Intel Chip will take its place and be the brand name for a number of processor generations.

This modification is planned for the 2023 notebook product stack. According to Intel, this will make it easier for consumers to focus on selecting the best CPU for their needs, improve customer communication on the value of each product, and streamline the customer buying process.

Even while the decision makes sense, it comes off as quite generic when compared to the company’s other brands, Core, Evo, and vPro. That, however, is the purpose of this adjustment.

Intel is dedicated to promoting innovation for the benefit of customers, and our low-cost processor family have played a significant role in lifting the bar for PCs at all price points. The new Intel Processor branding will streamline our product selection, allowing customers to concentrate on selecting the best processor for their needs.

-Josh Newman, interim general manager of Mobile Client Platforms and vice president of Intel

As a counterpoint to more expensive Intel Core (typically i3) models, many Chromebooks this year have been announced with Pentium (Silver or Gold) and Celeron processors:

It happens as more Chromebooks equipped with Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon 7c are released.
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