ASUS has officially lifted the lid on its debut pair of Chromebooks, the ’12-inch’ C200 and the 13-inch C300.
Both models are powered by Intel Bay Trail-M processors, a choice that means you should get an impressive 11 hours of battery life under ‘typical use’.
It’s interesting that ASUS describe the C200 in their press blurb as a ’12-inch’ device as the screen (typically the point of reference) is actually 11.6-inches diagonal. Even at the reduced size it still maintains the same 1,366 x 768 resolution as the 13.3-inch C300.
And it’s the information on this latter model that most of you will be wanting to know about (we’ve written extensively about the specifications for the C200 over the last few weeks).
ASUS C300 Chromebook
As mentioned above, the C300 is powered by an Intel Bay Trail-M (N2830) @ 2.16GHz paired with 2GB of DDR3-L RAM**. A 16GB SSD and integrated Intel HD graphics round out the rest of the core specs.
An education model with 4GB RAM and 32GB flash storage will also be on offer through select resellers.
Style-wise the consumer model will be available to buy in a choice of colour options: red, yellow and blue. The dash of colour offsets the svelte, stylish design which is barely 20mm thick when closed.
There’s an “extra spacious touchpad” similar in size to those found in 14-inch notebooks, a chiclet-style keyboard and, uniquely, the support for the new 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi spec. HDMI-out, SD card reader and a pair of USB ports (1x 2.0, 1x 3.0) should take care of your extensibility needs.
Expected to hit retail next month priced at $249* for the C300 and, bizarrely, $249* for the C200.