The Chromebook is now a laptop and not a big "pad". Although Google do not need much power for the Chromebooks since they are powered by Linux; this is more of a fully fledged laptop.
That sure is bad news for Windows 8 based/forced laptops out there. Those laptops simply do not sell so the stores will look for something to replace them - something that sells.
Maybe this is it - even if it is part of a "cloud" concept.