Aside from taking the wraps off a low-cost Android slate duo, smartphone/smartwatch pair, Windows-running tablet/laptop hybrid and a couple of budget-conscious mini-notebooks, Acer has recently unveiled a secretive new Chromebook, which the OEM plans to launch “later this year”.
Well, technically, you could say Acer teased the C720 follow-up rather than unveiled it, as it basically confirmed just one specific tidbit – unlike most laptops of its class, it will pack quite a bit of punch, thanks to a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 “Haswell” processor.
Naturally, our biggest immediate concern was pricing, since Chromebooks tend to focus a lot of their marketing efforts on affordability. As it turns out, Acer’s upcoming Chrome OS-based notebook shall considerably up the costs ante compared with the $200 C720, yet still keep things relatively in check.
Namely, and assuming China Times’ scoop is to be trusted, the Core i3 powerhouse will command a starting price of $349. With an 11.6-inch display, we presume, at least 2 GB RAM and an 8-hour or so battery.
Alright, let’s say it sounds… reasonable… enough. But you better hustle, Acer, and release the thing before Samsung, Toshiba, Dell or HP get a chance to upgrade and tweak their respective Chromebook lines.