Acer have announced a $250 Chromebook that packs Intel’s new Haswell chip in a cut-price package that promises a great battery life.
The successor to its entry-level C7 Chromebook, the new C720 has the honour of being the first Chromebook out of the blocks with an Intel Haswell chip inside, bringing with it the promise of a vastly improved battery life.
According to Acer, users can expect a decent battery life around the 8.5 hours mark, with the 2.76-pound C720-2800 measuring just 0.75 inches thick at its widest point – making it both lighter and 30 per cent thinner than its predecessor.
This C720-2800 comes with an 11.6-inch HD display sporting a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels, with a “ComfyView” antiglare matte finish keeping reflections at bay.
Inside can be found an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 4GB of memory and a 16GB SSD for storage, with an HDMI port providing an output to an external display.
Other specs include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, an HD webcam, microphone, dual speakers, an SD card slot, and one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port.
Given its good looks, the ultra low price of $250 and the fact that it comes with a full size keyboard, we can see the C720 pulling over a few more converts into the growing Chromebook camp.
Pre-orders are expected to go online later today at Best Buy and Amazon, with no news about Google Play or a UK release yet.