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Acer Debuts New Bay Trail, Nvidia Tegra Chromebooks

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The two new models feature in a company brochure

They’ve been teased, trailed and talked about for some time, but today Acer formally confirmed the existence of two brand new Chromebooks and, more surprisingly, its very first Chromebox. 

Earlier this month the Taiwanese electronics giant announced that a new version of its successful ‘C720’ Chrome notebook line would use Intel Core i3 processors.

The New Devices

The Acer C730 and CB5-311 notebooks are expected to go on sale in select countries in the coming months.

The 11.6-inch Acer C730 (hitherto known as the Chromebook 11 and CB3) is a modest update to Acer’s successful (and ever spawning) C720 line. It has a fractionally thicker, heavier footprint than its predecessor, but will be available with a choice of two of the latest Intel Bay Trail processors: the dual-core N2830 and the quad-core N2930.

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Tegra Power With 1080p Display

More tempting is the all new 13.3-inch CB5-311. This is the ARM-based device teased back in June. It uses a powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU running at 2.16GHz. This is assisted by either 2 or 4GB RAM and 16 or 32GB of eMMC storage.

Both models use a standard LED-backlit TFT LCD display, so we’re still not quite seeing the leaps in screen quality I know that many are clamouring for. That said, the CB5 does have an ace up its sleeve: it will be available to buy with either a standard HD screen at 1366×768 pixels or a full HD screen pushing 1920×1080 pixels.

The bump in resolution will come with a bump in price and a drop in battery life. Acer says the FHD model achieves two hours less battery life than the standard model, dropping to “just” 12 hours vs. 14 hours.

Acer Chromebox

Also listed is the Acer Chromebox CXI2610 powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor and as much as 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB SSD.

You can learn more about the devices in the company’s business solutions brochure via the link below.

Acer Business Solutions Brochure 2014 (.pdf)  

  • David Li

    Insane battery life

    • Joseph Dickson

      Just 12 hours :)

      But seriously as soon as the 1080p ones start coming out someone is going to scream about 4K support.

      • JusticeL

        One can only dream. I just want an IPS screen, i5 Processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB Hard drive space. However I would prefer a new model Pixel, not last years model.

        • Joseph Dickson

          Could happen but would you pay upwards of $600 bucks for a fully loaded Chromebook or buy 2 cheaper ones for half the price? I think the only problem with Chrome OS is that it will end up with a “cheap” moniker.

          • JusticeL

            I would pay 700.00. I am okay with paying premium price for a high end machine no matter the OS.

          • Joseph Dickson

            I’ve done so in the past, sometimes twice as much. I suppose Google will get us all hooked and eventually make that happen.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I’m wondering how big is the battery inside the 13″ model

  • Christopher Knapp

    14hrs you say? … TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

  • Frederic MANSON

    I sign for the CB5-311 full options!!!! My next Chromebook… My future precioussss…

  • Juan David

    any word on release dates?

  • I’m interested to know how the Tegra K1 stacks up compared to other popular Chromebook processors, I’m on the original Samsung ARM Chromebook and I’m looking forward to an upgrade.

    • Daviljoe193

      It should be much better, though the Tegra hardware sounds kinda scary for Linux, as I could NEVER get X.Org to do anything with Tegra, especially Tegra 3. :(

      • Adrian Meredith

        the tegra k1 uses the same gpu drivers as the desktop gpus. In otherwords it has really mature drivers

        • Daviljoe193

          My worst experience was with the Google Nexus 7, an it was probably the hardest thing to get X.Org to even display on. I eventually got a blue and white display which would only ever update after killing off the server. :(

      • JohnCalla

        X runs perfectly fine on my Jetson TK1 board.

  • Daviljoe193

    I will not get an ARM Chromebook, especially knowing that I will just flash Coreboot to get a full Linux laptop for cheap. Seriously though, I’m just going to stick for the 199.99 US Dollar (On Amazon for £179.00, and for people from America, $199.00.) C720, as it has proven to be faster than my current laptop, and it is also lighter than my current laptop as well. I will say that people who want a Chromebook as a Chromebook, the ARM Chromebook is a better choice, and I can be certain that it will work decently, unlike the last ARM Chromebook- HACK Samsung Chromebook- GAK, damn you summer for doing this too me. But yea, Intel for me.

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      A lot of distros have ARM ports, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

      • João Victor Schiavo

        And what about softwares?

  • Won’t a full HD display look pretty small on a 13″ laptop, just like with the Samsung Chromebook 2 13″ version?

    • Joseph Dickson

      the text can be easily scaled up. The increased pixel density will be nice too.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Damn, 14 hours with 1080p display AND Tegra K1 CPU? How is this possible?

    • Mathew Brunning

      ARM CPUs…

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        So? Android devices also use ARM CPUs but you don’t see that kind of battery life there

        • Mathew Brunning

          You do if you get a phone with a big battery. Not to mention ARM is only so good. These. Laptops have Mich bigger batteries

  • The PDF link no longer works, perhaps not supposed to be publicly available yet? Looks promising, but without info on price or launch date…

  • Juan David

    Wow i just bought my Samsung CB2 less than 30 days ago and i already want that 1080p tegra CB…

  • Richard

    Is the C730 faster than the C720 with the celeron processor?

    • LiamTHX

      Probably not, Haswell is much faster than Bay Trail.

  • Are there any precedents of Tegra processors in laptops?