Chromebooks are the cheapest computers money can buy, and that’s not a bad thing. For $199 you can get a very capable and easy to use Chromebook that will out perform any Windows machine in it’s price range. But what if they were even cheaper? According to some new code drops to Chromium, that might just happen.
ARM-powered Chromebooks are nothing new, but one powered by MediaTek is. MediaTek has recently pushed a set of code to the open source behind Chrome OS for a new development board codenamed Moose. This board is based on MediaTek’s cheap, low power, MT8127 processor. The quad-core ARM Cortex A7 chip runs at 1.5 GHz and could easily power a Chromebook. It won’t exactly be the king of the hill performance wise, in fact, some older ARM-powered machines like the Samsung Series 3 could even beat it, but it does have one thing no one else does. An astonishingly low price point.
MediaTek chipsets are generally used for budget devices in countries like China since they don’t cost much of anything. The low cost could bring a price point like we’ve never seen before, possibly even below $100, but of course that’s just speculation. The submitted code doesn’t prove that a Chromebook powered by MediaTek is on its way, but it does mean there’s a chance it could be coming.