Acer’s latest Chromebook Flip might be just around the corner now, but it seems that the company isn’t the only one planning for a convertible Chromebook model release this year. Acer had also, in fact, set sights on releasing their own, and it might even be unveiled or released at around the same time as Asus’ flagship Chromebook.
The Acer C738T is introduced as an 11.6-inch, 1.4 kg Chromebook that, much like the Chromebook Flip, mainly features a yoga-bending 360-degree hinge. News about the upcoming Chromebook model was first leaked from a confirmed German tech article, which also revealed some of its specifications. Most notably, this new Chromebook will feature an Intel Braswell Celeron N3150 processor (quad-core, 1.6Ghz, with a maximum of 2.08Ghz), which is expected to offer base improvements in processing performance as well as battery life management. In addition to its processor, the report also indicated that it will be available with 4GB of RAM, as well as an SD card reader, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB 2.0 port. As for connectivity, the Acer C738T will be available with dual-band Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 720p webcam.
Specifications-wise, this new contender Chromebook is designed to compete against most upcoming Chromebook models within this year, most especially with the Asus Chromebook Flip C100. Whether the screen size choice was intentional or not is unconfirmed, but knowing Acer, the product itself would most likely be introduced in the tech market as an entry-level unit with a very competitive price point. The only question that remains in this regard is its availability options, whether it would be initially offered with several storage and RAM selections for consumers.
Convertible Chromebooks have been the buzz for the past couple of months due to their unique stance in the tech market. While Chromebook sales are steadily rising, the brand’s share in the global PC market is still abysmally low, with some countries even just starting out to introduce the brand as late as last year. In this year’s summer, the new, upcoming convertible Chromebook models will be advertised as showing the possibility of a re-invigoration of interest for what is usually considered as online data resource-centric PCs. Of course, this just generally means that the introduction of convertible Chromebooks may simply make Chromebooks, in general, more accessible and more attractive to a wider consumer base.
While the leaked info on the original article was indeed confirmed from an official Acer source, it, unfortunately, did not include release dates. However, most people expect the device to turn up in stores, or at least become officially announced with more details, sometime around mid-summer this year.
Also, other official information might change at a moment’s notice as it is publicly announced, so those interested might want to stay tuned to Acer for updates.