Google has launched a new category of Chromebooks called Chromebook Plus. Laptops are performance-oriented devices with minimal spec requirements, including a Full HD screen, a 1080p camera, and higher processing power than entry-level devices.

Google is setting minimum hardware requirements for this new category of devices so that they can run productivity software and AI features smoothly.

Here is the full list of minimum hardware specifications:

  • CPU: 3th Gen Intel Core i12 or higher or AMD Ryzen 3 7000 Series or higher
  • RAM: 8 GB+
  • Memory: 128 GB+
  • Webcam: 1080p+ with temporary noise reduction
  • Display: Full HD IPS or better

Chromebook Plus devices get useful video conferencing features. A dedicated control panel appears where you can quickly mute/unmute the microphone and turn on/off the camera.

If you expand the menu, you’ll see some AI-powered features such as improved lighting, photo noise reduction, background blur, and subtitles.

The company has also enabled automatic file syncing for Google Drive so that you can easily access the file without an internet connection.

Google Photos will also have many updates, including Magic Eraser (a feature borrowed from Android) that removes unwanted objects from images, as well as HDR and portrait blur. The app will also have the ability to automatically create movies based on a selection of photos and videos.

Google has also partnered with companies like Adobe and LumaTouch to introduce apps like Photoshop, Adobe Express, and LumaFusion. Users who purchase the new Chromebook Plus will get three months of free subscriptions to Photoshop and Express.

The Chromebook Plus will also get additional AI-powered features. The company said it will introduce a new writing assistant that can work on a variety of sites, from social media to YouTube.

In addition, Google will introduce the ability to create AI-generated wallpapers based on a prompt. The search giant announced a similar feature for Android in May at the Google IO developer conference.

For starters, Asus, Acer, HP, and Lenovo are launching eight devices at a starting price of $399. They will go on sale on October 8.

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