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Powerful New Tegra K1 Acer Chromebook Leaks Online

After 12 months of chatter the Chrome OS ARM race has begun

acer chromebookWith a 13.3-inch screen and svelte white form factor, you could be forgiven for thinking that the device shown above is just another run of the mill Chromebook. However, you’d be mistaken.

The Acer CB5 Chromebook was leaked online at the weekend by Swedish retailer Komplett.se. According to the website’s listing the device features a 13.3-inch HD screen at a resolution of 1366×768 and utilises a powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU rather than a traditional Intel-based chip.

It’s not yet known specifically which Tegra K1 model is being used by Acer in this device. The K1 is currently available as a quad-core version running on the ARM Cortex A15 micro-architecture and in a dual-core 64-bit variant running on the Denver architecture. The former of these is used in Google’s experimental ‘Project Tango’ tablet.

So far, only a handful of Chromebooks have opted to use ARM CPUs over the more ubiquitous Intel processors. These include the 2012 Samsung Chromebook, HP 11, and the Samsung Chromebook 2, all of which feature an Exynos system-on-a-chip manufactured by Samsung.

Specifications

Size and resolution aside it’s not yet known what sort of screen the Acer CB5 will use. Most of the current generation of Chrome OS notebooks have won praise for their performance or battery life but drawn criticism for continuing to offer such lacklustre, dull matte displays. If this device can up the ante in this area it stands to do well.

Couresty of Komplett we know that at least one version of the clamshell Chromebook will come with a healthy 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, as well as 2 high-speed USB 3.0 ports, built-in webcam and offer a full-sized HDMI out port. 

  • 13.3-inch HD Display (1366×768)
  • Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • HDMI out
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Mic jack

Pricing and Release Date

In Komplett.se’s original online listing — which has since been edited — the Acer Chromebook CB5 was listed with an early August (presumably European) release date and a price tag of 3,590kr — just over US$500.

With Swedish pricing of electronics erring on the crazy side compared to other EU countries, and the US being famed for having lower prices than Europe, a rougher (though still speculative) US estimate of $350-400 is a touch more likely.

Other than what’s listed above there is precious little official information on the ground. But with a tentative release date so close there’s a good chance that we’ll hear more about the CB5 at next week’s Google I/O, or at least shortly after.

Acer Chromebook CB5 on Komplett.se (Swedish)

  • Andrew Pingitore

    Yet another chromebook with the same mediocre 1366×768 resolution. 13.3″ is more than enough space to put even a run of the mill bog standard 1080p screen in. I just can’t use a screen with that resolution in that size. There just isn’t enough screen real estate.

    • Uberjannie

      I think 13.3″ is too small for 1080p, I prefer 1050p instead. On 15-17 on the other hand, I prefer 1080p.

      • Andrew Pingitore

        I would completely be happy getting 1680×1050 or even 1440×900. ANYTHING would be better than the same old 1366×768, basically anything at all.

        • Uberjannie

          Yes. I hate 13xx resolutions. 14xx as well.
          They can make phone displays with 1080p, but not laptops? It is so annoying.

    • view2share

      You will not be able to see the tiny fonts of the Chrome browsers bookmarks toolbar and tabs. Even the drop down menus would be far too small. Believe me, you would long for the old res, or to plug it into a 27″ monitor. This is what I am viewing while typing — 27″ 1920x Samsung monitor and fonts look small.

    • http://twitter.com/d0od Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Part of me agrees, but then again, if this model opts to use an IPS style screen I think I could forgive the lower res.

  • moe

    chromebooks seem to be slow adopters to arm, which is strange because they seemed liked they were bringing arm processors to the forefront before. I hope Qualcomm joins soon as well with better processors and better resolutions on chromebooks should drive better competition.

    • snap baby

      I also love the idea of snapdragon 800 chromebook with usb quick charge 2.0

      • http://twitter.com/d0od Joey-Elijah Sneddon

        Fwiw, the K1 is said to significant out perform the SD800.

        • bono bon

          Do the k1 has usb quickcharge comparable tech? I want it charge with usb jus like hp cb 11. And use the quickcharge 2.0

        • calden74

          ….. and the 801 by a fairly large margin.

  • Jonathan Almeida

    Besides the Pixel, are there any other high quality Chromebooks? I’d love to see a sleek looking one similar to the Pixel (just not as stupidly expensive).

  • Antreas Arkoudi

    when Google bring Chromebooks to more places?

  • Spacey

    Specs. Good apart from screen resolution. Price=crazy if it is to be believed. Maybe Acer will see sense between now and release to up the screen to 1080p. Only other concern is battery life , but if respectable and screen 1080p, we could be seeing the first ever decent mid range Chromebook here!

    • Michael Zimmermann

      Does ChromeOS support DPI scaling like android? Because I want a sharp image(1080p) but I need big fonts, icons, etc

      • r4in

        It does, it’s not that great as on Android, but mostly works.

  • andreas.arambasic

    Can we have a Pixel-like CB pls? Just drop the touch, the backlit and the i5. Put a Celeron/Baytrail into it.

    • lun boy

      AGREE

    • Frederic MANSON

      I sign for it!!! And an Artic White Limited Edition please!!! :)

  • r4in

    Interesting, but I am afraid it will not be faster than older Haswell-based 199 USD Acer C720.

  • Mr Torch

    I know chromebook is cloud based but my upload speed is slow and so not practical to store large files in the cloud, meaning I’ll be forced to use an external hard drive, and I’ll be constantly checking how much internal space I have left. So why don’t Google put a larger drive in as standard, and give users a choice of how to store their data? Surely that would make it more desirable to current Windows users?

    I currently have a dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 Xfce, (I only use Windows for iTunes) and will be in the market for a new Laptop soon, and I’m frustrated with the lack of offline storage on the Chromebook for me to seriously consider it, though I like the price of Chromebook compared to a Windows machine.

    • Tim Lund

      SD card storage is much more flexible and economical than installing a larger drive. Larger SSDs are much more expensive and battery life would suffer with a spinning drive. A few 16Gb (<$10) or 32Gb SD cards can be quite inexpensive and would give more on board storage without seriously affecting price or battery life.

      • Mr Torch

        I see your point, but plenty of Notebooks exist that have standard hard drives and good battery life. I’m assuming the reason no ones released a Chromebook with a standard drive, is that Google aren’t allowing them to do so. (I may be completely wrong about that) A Chromebook with an inexpensive 500gb hard drive could be a Windows killer.

        • lun boy

          Acer has one with hard drive. I would rather have the one with 64gb ssd than 500gb hard drive

    • freechelmi

      Checkout the full Ubuntu machines with SSD then. And just launch chrome at start, you would have a similar experience as a chromebook but will be able to launch more applications.

      • http://twitter.com/d0od Joey-Elijah Sneddon

        That misses the point of what a Chromebook is and the purpose it fulfils. Plus, finding an Ubuntu machine with a form factor like a Chromebook, price of a chromebook, let alone being able to match the battery life of a Chromebook, is difficult.

        I also can’t play Netflix on Ubuntu without resorting to hacks.

        • freechelmi

          Joël, It seems some of thé points of your comment have changed

  • Indian_Art

    Google should launch this with the Ubuntu OS with the Chrome browser & all Google stuff as default.

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      Then it wouldn’t be a Chromebook, now would it.

      • eb

        It would be a Ubuntubook.

        • Indian_Art

          Ubuntubook with all the goodness of Google.

          A virtuous cycle of great products.

      • Indian_Art

        It would be Chrome book PLUS.

        A feature packed full PC where Ubuntu does the heavy lifting & Chrome the fun stuff!

      • Indian_Art

        Chromebook + a lot of other Linux (Ubuntu) Apps like LibreOffice, Stellarium etc.

    • calden74

      I keep reading comments like this, you do realize that Ubuntu is the competition don’t you.

      • Indian_Art

        How so??

        On my Ubuntu PCs I use just about everything Google (Chrome browser, Gmail, Google maps, YouTube, hangouts etc etc). All this Ad revenue must benefit Google.

        Google & Ubuntu are collaborators & synergistic partners not at all competitors.

    • Danny Iskandar

      you could just easily install it ubuntu on your own using the crouton script file. I did this for my kids chromebook to install minecraft. now all the 3 chromebooks runs dual OS, ubuntu and Chrome and still runs fast. I don’t see any degradition …well at least from my point of view. I have made a youtube video how to install this on chromebook (plus the minecraft too):

      http://youtu.be/FoudF3yFXEo?list=UURgTSWwZJn8AqkOmWuqD0wA

      • Indian_Art

        Thanks so much Danny.
        :)

  • Guest

    Aw yeah! If that Tegra processor works out at least as well as the Intel chip does in the C720 and the price doesn’t get over $400, this might be the new king in Chromebook town.

  • eb

    300th COMMENT! Why did I say that?

  • calden74

    Yes! SHUTUP AND TAKE MY MONEY. This is fantastic news just the model I was waiting for. Yaaaaaayyyy!

  • Jerrican

    Concerning pricing: Normally devices are first officially announced in the US and natuarlly priced in USD. The US price in USD is often taken as the EUR price in Europe. Now let’s assume the swedish site knows the USD-price, which is than the equivalent EUR price and recalculated back to SKr.
    Let’s calculate: Skr 3950 is EUR 395 in Europe = USD 395 in US.
    This is, not by chance, similar to the USD 399 of the 13.3″ Samsung CB2.
    If you also know that the Acer CB5 will have a HD screen, 4GB RAM and 32GB SSD it seems to be a direct competitor of the Samsung CB2.

    • calden74

      The Acer CB5 also comes with 4GB.

  • Kenny Strawn

    The fact that the CB5′s screen still has the same exact 1366×768 resolution as my C720 despite being a full 1.7 inches larger (thus making the CB5′s pixel density 18ppi less than the C720′s)…

  • LiamTHX

    Why is it somehow a huge deal that it has a Tegra K1? It’s not like it can run most Linux apps.

    • freechelmi

      Apart from stuff like Skype It can run any app