There are a few things that Chromebook lovers wish for when any new Chromebook is announced. An above average screen resolution, and a battery that lasts more than an average work day.
Acer has been doing a good job with Chromebooks, but today, they did the best ARM Chromebook so far, beating the Samsung Chromebook 2 in every aspect.
There are two variants of the Acer Chromebook 13 CB5 that came out today, one boasts 4GB RAM, 1920 x 1080 screen and a 11 hour battery life for $379.99. The second vraint, a 2GB model with a normal screen of 1366 x 768 pixels has 13 hour battery life, and costs only $279.99. Both devices are powered by 2.1 GHz Tegra and NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores for graphics.
The 4GB model looks the most exciting one for obvious reasons. Here is the complete specs from Amazon:
- Screen Size 13.3 inches
- Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Processor 2.1 GHz Tegra
- RAM 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
- Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
- Average Battery Life (in hours) 11 hours
- Brand Name Acer
- Series CB5-311
- Item model number CB5-311-T1UU
- Operating System Chrome
- Item Weight 3.3 pounds
- Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.87 x 8.96 x 0.71 inches
- Color Moonstone White
- Processor Brand NVIDIA
- Flash Memory Size 32.0
- Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
The Touchscreen Confusion
The video that is shown on the Amazon product page shows touch screen for these Chromebooks. However, the specs sheet or the press release do not say anything about touchscreen. My assumption is that we are going to a touchscreen variant pretty soon.
The machine will go on pre-order today in the US, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Switzerland.
Here are the Amazon links (affiliate) for both Chromebooks
- Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T7NN (13.3-inch HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 2GB)
- Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB)
If you do not mind the general build quality that Acer machines come with, you can forget the Samsung Chromebook 2 for ever. This guy is going to replace Samsung in ARM category, pending performance reviews after the availability. I see photos on Engadget that they took (not the official ones) which means they are already playing with these devices. We’ll see the reviews pretty soon.