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15.6 Inch Acer Chromebook Will Go On Sale in March, 2015

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The world’s first 15.6-inch Chromebook will go on sale next year made by Acer.

Like the Acer C740 model we leaked details of earlier today this upcoming 15-inch ‘Acer Chromebook 15’ (also referred to in the document we’ve seen as the ‘C910’) will ship with fifth-generation Intel Broadwell processors.

Broadwell-based Chromebooks have been in development for some time. With big performance improvements in graphics and power efficiency, they should be warmly welcomed by Haswell die-hards and bullish BayTrail fans alike.

Similar to the Acer C740, this humongous model is also being pitched at education. Acer calls it an ideal “Teacher’s Chromebook”. It will feature a reinforced display and ruggedized hinges and corners to help protect against bumps, scrapes and drops — i.e. children.

Despite the generous 15.6-inch screen size Acer isn’t purported to be going all out on quality. In non-glare “Acer ComfyView” (read: no IPS), two resolutions options will be offered:

  • 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768)
  • 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)

Other Specifications

Processor choices are listed as either a 5th generation Intel Broadwell-U Celeron or Core i3 processor. Both are due to be revealed by Intel at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

RAM & onboard will span the usual 2GB/16GB, 4GB/32GB offerings, and there’ll be dual-antenna MIMO with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. A smattering of USB and HDMI out ports will cater to users expansion needs, and come as standard on models.

Finally, the only other information our friendly neighborhood Chrome Bandit has passed to us is the release date for the US: pencilled in for March 2015.

The device will apparently launch in the US near this date. Like other education models, this device is likely to be made available to both the public at large in addition to education, universities, and other commercial outfits.

More news is expected at CES next month.

  • BKarno

    I have a Bay Trail N2840 Acer Windows 8.1 machine for those rare times when I need a PC, and the 1366 x 768 15.6″ display actually surprised me when I got it. Not very bright, but much better than the typical TN fare found in most Chromebooks. That being said, I would hope that the upgrade to the full HD model would reward the consumer with an IPS display.

  • Arch Stanton

    Wow finally a PC based on a Language created for writing OS !!! Wait, No ?!?

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      That made no sense, at all

  • bimsebasse

    Hope this means the search for a laptop replacement Chromebook with decent screen quality is finally over!

  • Vin

    Well, it’s about time that the midrange Chromebooks are beginning to become available. I have a 4-month old HP 14 (celeron) 4/16. I love it, but would be interested in an upgrade and to pass my HP along to my wife. However, I will skip because I will upgrade to a midrange machine when it has an IPS display.

  • The resolution needs to be 1080. Good step…

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Looks good! No IPS though, that’s a shame. Gonna be hard to pull me away from my free mobile data on my HP 14 though.

    • Vin

      Yeah, that’s my attitude too. If they had IPS, I might have made the upgrade.

      • Exactly

        Same.

    • systemBuilder

      The gap between the best TN panels and IPS panels has narrowed over the past 10 years. I’d prefer a low-cost high-quality TN panel if it helps keep Acer in business. IPS panels today are almost a snob-appeal item, they are by no means the great leap forward that they were in the early 2000’s.

      You should go look at a c720p panel. It’s not the same as a c720 panel. It’s a great panel. Colors aren’t perfect but viewing angles are great.

  • David Gillooly

    Finally,
    15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)

  • Alucard291

    Ah I was expecting this – the godawful 1366×768 on 15.6 inches.

    • Carl Draper

      at least there’s a 1080p version too

      • Alucard291

        Yup. That WAS a pleasant surprise. :)

        • Yep

          But no IPS and if its anything like the other screens the color accuracy will be god awful.

    • ʕっ•ᴥ•ʔっKuki madoka

      when connecting those 768 screen computers to tv’s or monitors , it squeezes out 1080 p fine ….kinda weird but good, but it is awful :)

  • Vin

    We need a Chromebook Pixel 2.

    • Anonymoused

      Something closer to $700-$800 than $1200, with huge upgrades to the current Pixel that’ll last me at least 5 years without feeling too slow (compared to whatever’s out in 5 years) is perfect.

      • Ozbloke

        EXACTLY, couldn’t of put it better myself.

    • Migs

      YES!

  • Michael Huff

    Will either of them have a cooling fan? Whichever one doesn’t, that’s the one I’m buying. Chromebook is the future.

    • Jessey

      looks like there’s a vent on the back =/

      • Michael Huff

        Grrr. See, it’s time to get rid of stuff like this. That’s 90’s legacy. It needs to go.

        • lolwut

          Lawl, all electronics generate heat, it is just a fact. Till the tech gets SO small and you want hardly any performance then it will generate next to none so can become fanless. People want performance also and the heat kills that (and the equipment) to be honest you are the first person who I’ve seen complain about something like this….

          • Michael Huff

            I’m in IT. I know this.

          • joefresco

            If you knew it, you wouldn’t call it 90’s legacy. Thinner, performance, fanless…. pick 2. The market is picking thinner + performance.

  • Reed Kerr

    So close! Throw an IPS display panel on there and I’d buy that 1080 4gb system day one!

    • Def

      Ditto, and if the keyboard is great also, a lot of chromebooks suffer from this. Webcam too. Would say screen but IPS would take care of that :)

  • flychinook

    All that extra real estate, and they couldn’t add a 10-key?

    • Vin

      Just wondering, what is a “10-key”? I’ve never heard that term before.

      • Bluegrapes

        I think he’s talking about the number pad.

        • Vin

          Thanks. I though so.

  • not a geek

    As OEMs see that the market for Chrome is expanding, we should see a wider range of options and price points. Not all of them are going to make sense though. I’m curious to see how this thing will be priced. I’m using the c720 as my home/travel computer and the more I use it the more I like it. I can definitely see spending more for better performance and resolution, but there comes a price point where I will start asking if I should just spend the extra $ to get a solid Windows machine or MBA.

    • Jeremy Schmuland

      I agree to a point. I want a $500 price range Chromebook with good build quality and an excellent screen. 4 GB RAM and 250 GB or so HDD. I stopped using my Windows computer soon after getting my Chromebook and I won’t switch back. I bought a Chromebox to replace my Windows PC and made a Cloud Print server from a Raspberry Pi and I am very happily Windows free. I haven’t even touched my Ubuntu PC in months. After using the Chromebox with a good display, I realize just how much my Samsung Chromebook’s screen is lacking. I would happily spend more on a better laptop, with the above specs and a beautiful screen. I love the speed and simplicity of ChromeOS and would pay more for a better device.

      • not a geek

        I wish I could get there, but my business requires me to use Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and InDesign, so I have to have a Windows machine to do that heavy lifting. Because I have a Windows PC at work that I can Chrome remote into when I need to (which actually happens less and less), it means I don’t need a Windows laptop. People who hate on ChromeOS don’t understand how awesome it is to be free of a heavy OS.

        • Jeremy Schmuland

          Well the good news for you is that everyone I have heard from that is using Photoshop Cloud Connect or Photoshop Streaming or whatever they decided to call it says that it works very well. No Dreamweaver or InDesign yet, but it is a start!

      • alangberg

        If I didn’t know better, I’d think I had written this. I’ve been waiting for either Google or the computer companies to offer at least 15″ screens/4GB/32SSD. I happily ditched Windows in 2009 for Linux…..but now, between two 14″ HP Chromebooks and the Chromebox I bought a week ago, I also haven’t even used my Linux PC.

        • Ozbloke

          Aye same, I cannot go less than 15.6″ screens. Not looking at them for long times (uni student and work etc). And the current chromebooks seem to fail either on the keyboard, the screen, the sound (less important), webcam, screen color accuracy, brightness etc. It is kind of a joke you have to put up with one quality being very crap while choosing your chromebook. Hmmm do I want a crap screen or a crap keyboard….or cpu (or any of the mentioned above) none thanks, I’ll just wait till one comes out that is great and doesn’t want all my money and they will sell a LOT. Less profit but WAY bigger numbers when all the uni students grab it, I don’t think they understand this.

  • jason

    17″ laptop pls

  • Jeff Griffiths

    Considering that 35% of laptops sold worldwide are 15.6″, I really don’t know why they didn’t start sooner. Only 10% of all laptop sales exist in the 11-13″ sector. I understand the whole portability/mobility angle, but come on. That’s just bad business. With that being said, of course I’m happy to see a 15.6″ Chromebook coming out. Not just for myself, but also to increase the popularity of Chromebooks in general (Sorry hipsters). It appears as though the whole “just a browser” and “portability” and “NO THIS ISN’T AN ADROID DEVICE” bit of the Chromebook experience are fading away as manufacturers play catch-up in an industry that already existed at inception. Is market research dead or is everyone’s head in the cloud? (Pun intended, deal with it)

    • Anonymoused

      I feel more like they were filling a niche. I’m a small person so I hate large laptops, and even 13″ is too large for me. I want something small and unobtrusive in my lap. If I needed anything larger, I’d sit at my desktop. 11″ is the perfect size for me to carry in bags I already own. 11-13″ is my acceptable range. Those monster 17″+ Win8 ultrabooks make me cringe!

      • Filling a niche is great, for a single device. An entire line of devices created by multiple manufacturers should do more than fill a niche. I think a Chromebook with a 15+” screen fills another niche entirely. An inexpensive, lightweight device that could readily replace a desktop computer.

  • I like how there’s no keypad ruining the perfectly centered keyboard. It’s the reason I prefer the MBP 15″ design over the vast majority of 15″ Windows machines.

  • Fabian Büscher

    I bought the original Toshiba Chromebook 8 months ago because it fits my needs very well. Although it’s a good device overall, the screen just sucks compared to the Toshiba Chromebook 2. The only thing that stops me from switching is the processor.
    I like the fanless design, but even the 2955U in my Chromebook feels slow sometimes (watching 1080 videos, viewing pdfs). The N2840 in the new Chromebook is noticeably slower, even more considering the 1080p resolution.
    I’d like to see a Broadwell (Core M)-based Celeron with a 4.5W TDP in an upcoming Chromebook. With that, they could offer the performance of the 2955U, but in a fanless design. That would be perfect. Sadly enough, there isn’t a processor like that (yet).

    • BKarno

      I have the new Toshiba and the Acer C720 i3 and it’s the Acer that’s collecting dust.

      • JeepGCx5

        I have the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and I love it!!!

  • ʕっ•ᴥ•ʔっKuki madoka

    wow , it looks good and its tempting ,and compared to a windows machine its completely better.

    but i like running a different linux distro , one that has plenty of space for my junk , im not up for cloud stored stuff , even though i use it , i like local …….so ill either buy a comp with my os of choice preinstalled like before , or buy a windows machine and replace windows with linux .
    (⁎˃ᆺ˂) lol

    • Infernado

      You can load your own distro on it with ease if you want, and replacing the ssd on acer’s older models is as easy as removing a screw from the back and swapping it out.

      • wow , didn’t know that…thanks for the info :)

        • Trent

          You could also enter dev mode and then boot a Linux distribution from the SD card and save files directly to it, too.

  • Ohwell

    Too bad Australia will get boned with this, stupidly expensive and won’t be available for ages so not in time for uni here. Oh and no IPS is another nail in the coffin.

    • Zactu

      Very true. And if it does come out here it will be >6months later.

  • Christopher

    Stop giving all the good stuff to teachers and snot nose kids. Palease please stop. We are tired of tiny little 11″ turtles