Chromebook Bundles LTE
- By Dian Schaffhauser
First, there were laptops that included Ethernet ports to get them plugged into the school network. Then laptops offered WiFi capability. And now Sprint is working with Google and Oregon-based CTL to create a CTL Chromebook that provides access to LTE mobile service, to compete with similar models from Samsung and ASUS.
The new CTL Chromebook NL7 LTE includes Sprint's LTE technology. The device will allow users to access the internet or to text without a WiFi connection or mobile hotspot. The specs of the machine are based on CTL's standard Chromebook NL7 for Education.
Although the Chromebook is intended for business users too, Sprint has created an education version for schools. Students will have access to the internet and online applications anywhere Sprint LTE is available. The machines start at $299 and require a $15 monthly Sprint service plan.
The LTE service provides for one video stream at up to 480pixel resolution, music at up to 500 kilobits/second, streaming cloud gaming at up to two megabits/second. 10 gigabits of high-speed mobile hotspot VPN and P2P data and unlimited 4G LTE for everything else.
The device includes:
- An 11.6-inch LCD display and a weight of 2.5 pounds;
- A 12-hour battery without use of LTE;
- An Intel Apollo Lake N3350 dual-Core, "fanless" processor, with 4GB of RAM and internal storage up to 32GB;
- Wireless connections for Cat9 LTE, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2;
- Two USB3.0 ports, two USB C ports, 1X Micro SD port and one audio jack;
- A built-in webcam;
- Ruggedized features, such as a water-resistant keyboard and reinforced ports, hinges and power plug;
- Near-instant boot-ups;
- Verified boot, encryption, built-in antivirus and constant security updates; and
- Chrome OS.
The computer is expected to be available in mid-December through Sprint stores.
More information is available on the CTL and Sprint websites.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.