It looks like Chrome OS and Acer’s love story is set to last, nay grow stronger, with Intel Core i3-powered Chromebooks just the first step in the PC maker’s grand scheme on the short term. Next on the product roadmap, a couple of Chrome OS laptops beefed up by low-power, frugal Intel Celeron Bay Trail chips, a higher-end version with Nvidia Tegra K1 punch and a Celeron Haswell-based desktop.
Let’s take them one by one, shall we? The C730 Chromebooks will reportedly offer humble 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution displays, either 2 or 4 GB RAM, and a choice of Celeron Bay Trail N2830 or N2930 processors. Also, 16 or 32 GB solid state drives.
The focus will thus be on swift booting, affordability and battery life, with estimated juice on a single charge circling 8 hours. Meanwhile, the CB5 Chromebook is rated at an even more mind-blowing 12 hours of continuous use, thanks to a quad-core ARM Cortex A15-based Tegra K1 SoC that may also be zippier than Celeron models.
Crazy, huh? Unfortunately, there are no words on pricing, although clearly, the CB5 shall be a wee bit more “restrictive” than C730 variants, larger 13.3-inch screen and all. ETA? Your guess is as good as ours. But definitely by the end of the year. Hopefully, before the first leaves fall.
Wrapping up Acer’s short-term Chrome OS plans, it seems the company’s first ever Chromebox, model number CXI2610, is also in the pipeline. With an Intel Celeron 2975U Haswell SoC inside the hood, 16/32 GB SSD storage, up to 8 GB RAM, four USB 3.0 connectors, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, a DisplayPort and unknown price point.