For Chromebook Plus badge, the Chromebooks must have an Intel Core i3 12th Gen or higher, or an AMD Ryzen 3 7000 series or higher CPU, at least 8GB of RAM, 128GB or more of storage, a 1080p or higher webcam with Temporal Noise Reduction, and a Full HD IPS display or better.
The Chromebook Plus comes with a host of software features, including Google Photos‘ AI-powered Magic Eraser and other enhanced editing tools. These tools include an HDR effect that enhances brightness and contrast and the ability to add portrait blur to existing photos.
Additionally, the device can use AI to boost image clarity and lighting during video calls, as well as blur the background and block out background noise, regardless of the app used.
Chromebook Plus devices will also support File Sync, which automatically downloads Google Workspace files to the device’s local storage, allowing the user to access them offline. This is one reason why Chromebook Plus devices require 128GB of storage.
The laptops will launch with exclusive dynamic desktop wallpapers that change four times a day, and Google plans to add generative AI wallpapers. Furthermore, Google has announced that it will update the Chromebook Plus platform with generative AI-created backgrounds for video calls, and users will also be able to use an AI-powered writing assistant.
Google is also partnering with companies like Adobe and LumaTouch to bring software like Photoshop, Adobe Express, and LumaFusion. Recently, Adobe announced that it is launching Photoshop on the web with Firefly-powered AI features for paid users. Users purchasing a new Chromebook Plus will get three months of Photoshop and Express subscription for free.
The first batch of Chromebook Plus will be available from HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer from October 8, starting at $399 (around Rs 33,200) in North America.
In the coming weeks, some existing Chromebooks that meet the minimum specification requirements will receive an OS update that includes the enhanced features available on the new Chromebook Plus devices.