Acer has announced the launch of three new Chrome OS-based devices at the Bett Show 2018 in London. The lineup includes the Chromebook Spin 11, Chromebook 11 C732, and Chromebox CXI3. Just like the latest Chrome OS devices, these offer support for Google Play as well, allowing users the access to Android apps. Acer had also unveiled a number of new notebooks and gaming laptops at the CES 2018.
It seems like 2018 is the year of Chrome OS laptops, as Lenovo yesterday launched a couple of new Chromebook laptops that are designed specifically for education. HP also announced two Chromebook laptops meant for education and business purposes at the recently concluded CES. In any case, let's find out what the new Acer Chromebook models and Chromebox have to offer.
Acer Chromebook Spin 11
Acer Chromebook Spin 11 can be considered as the successor to the R11 laptop. It comes with a 360-degree hinge, two USB Type-C 3.1 ports for charging, data, and connecting external displays, two standard USB 3.0 ports as well as a microSD card reader. The laptop is fitted with an 11.6-inch IPS display with the screen resolution of 1366×768.
There are three variants of the Acer Chromebook Spin 11, in terms of processor. The options are an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor, Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core processor, or an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor. The laptops packs 4GB or 8GB of RAM clubbed with 32GB or 64GB inbuilt storage respectively.
The Spin 11 weighs 1.25kg and it measures 11.65×8.11×0.78inches. The laptop comes with an optional Wacom EMR stylus, with which users can sketch, write, or interact with programs and apps. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 line of laptops will be available at a starting price of $349 (approximately Rs. 22,300).
Acer Chromebook 11 C732
Targeted at the education sector, the Acer Chromebook 11 C732 is a durable laptop carrying IP41 certification. This laptop also feature the same USB ports as the Spin 11, but is comes with an 180-degree hinge.
Display-wise, the Chromebook 11 is offered in an 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen display (C732T) and a non-touch IPS or TN display (C732). The C732 is powered by either a quad-core Celeron N3450 or dual-core Celeron N3350 processor. The laptop packs 8GB of RAM, coupled with either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.
Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.2 and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Notably, Acer says that it will offer models with integrated 4G LTE in some regions.
The Acer Chromebook 11 C732 line of laptops will go on sale in March with prices starting at $299.99 (approximately Rs. 19,100) for touch-enabled models, and $279.99 (approximately Rs. 17,900) for non-touch models.
Acer Chromebox CXI3
The Acer Chromebox CXI3 comes equipped with an Apollo Lake 8th generation Intel processor. Connectivity suite of the device offers a USB 3.1 Type-C port, five USB Type-A ports supporting USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 depending on the variant. There is no word on its price and availability, but it is designed to use at computer labs and libraries, as per the company.