So far we’ve had a 10″ convertible from Asus, and an 11″ convertible from Acer. They’ve received mixed reviews, however I believe the reviews slant towards positive.
People like the size and portability of the 10″ Asus, but people prefer the noticeably better performance of the larger 11″ from Acer.
So where does a 13″ convertible with a MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot™ quad-core processor fit into this story? Honestly, I have no idea. 13″ seems large, I can’t imagine that “tablet mode” will be an enjoyable experience with this Chromebook, and I know nothing about the MediaTek processor.
What do we know about this device?
- Processor: MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot™ quad-core
- RAM: 4GB dual channel LPDDR3 SDRAM4
- SSD Storage: 16/32/64 GB
- Screen: 13.3″ 1920 x 1080 IPS, LED Backlight-LCD with 10-point touch capability
- Web Cam: 1280 x 720 with High Dynamic Range imaging and 720p HD audio/video
- Weight: 1.49kg (3.28 lbs)
- Size: 326W x 228D x 15.5H mm
- Battery: 12 hours
- Wireless: 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac
- Ports: 1x USB-C; USB 3.0, HDMI, microphone/headphone jacks
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Price: Starting at $399
- Android support planned: Yes
No mention of a backlit keyboard, which is disappointing.
Well there you go. I can tell you I won’t exactly be waiting in line to buy a $400 ARM-powered Chromebook, but then I’m spoiled by my i5 Pixel and my i3 Chromebox. Maybe ARM is sufficient for most people and who knows what kind of improvements MediaTek may have over other ARM based chips.
What do you think? Are you excited about a $400 ARM powered convertible Chromebook with a 13″ screen?