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Second-Gen Acer Chromebook Coming October

Thought Chromebooks were dead? Think again.

Acer are reported to be prepping a second-generation Chromebook for release in mid-October, based on news given to Taiwanese hardware blog DigiTimes.

Citing ‘sources from the upstream supply chain’, they claim that the 11.6″ Chromebook is already in production and is intended to replace Acer‘s entire netbook line-up.

Sound unlikely? It’s not. Acer aren’t alone in ceasing netbook orders. All major PC manufacturers are edging towards this, having stopped placing orders to any sub-11.6″ netbooks earlier this year.

Interesting Move

The move is interesting given the (reputedly) dire sales of their first Chromebook, the Acer AC700. Reviewers took issue with that devices’ ‘flimsy, plasticky’ case, bad keyboard, and slow trackpad.

So why the re-effort? Digitimes claim that Microsoft’s move into hardware with the Windows Surface tablet has been the catalyst, pushing Acer to decide to market ChromeOS devices more ‘aggressively’.

Samsung launched their 2nd-gen Chromebook, alongside a Chromebox PC, earlier this year. Lenovo are expected to launch their first Chrome laptop later this year.

Can a second Acer Chromebook raise its’ game? That, Chrome fans, remains to be seen…

 

Digitimes via Craig Tumblison  

  • ewqaewqa

    I would replace my Samsung 1gen Chromebook with this. My Chromebook is soooo plastic, and lack od RAM makes it horrible. But more RAM and better performance? Want! Chrome OS is nice as a second notebook.

  • ojdon

    Really wish there was a budget Chromebook aimed at maybe Students. Love to own one but the prices are more expensive than similar Windows laptops for sale. I’m assuming all the bloatware that is packaged in with the OEM installation of Windows helps to keep the costs down to a minimum.

  • http://www.craigtumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

    We’ve been told before that Google really wants a Chromebook at every price point. The Samsung 550 model is right in the middle leading me to believe this Acer model could be the Chromebook for budget buyers. I can also see the Lenovo model cater to higher end users.

    I think the best news of all is that Acer plans to completely ditch their netbook line for Chromebooks. Acer has a presence in a lot of major retailers, including Wal-Mart. It may just be the marketing push that Chrome OS needs, especially if it hits stores in time for the holidays.

  • Pero

    Looks like shit

  • shubham maheshwari

    good

  • http://www.robinj.be/ Robin Jacobs

    “Thought Chromebooks were dead?” Have they ever been alive? :p

  • http://profiles.google.com/kenny.strawn Kenny Strawn

    I really find absolutely no fault with the original AC700 to begin with. First of all, a plastic case does NOT affect the functionality of the device. Secondly, it has the same CPU, the same amount of RAM, and the same amount of disk space as the original Samsung Series 5. Not to mention that it has certain ports, i.e. HDMI, that neither the original Samsung Series 5 nor the Series 5 550 (second-gen) have. Oh, and the keyboard? If you compare the keyboard to the Cr-48 keyboard, there’s no noticeable difference.

    As I said before, I don’t care about looks, I care about hardware and software features. And face it, when it comes to Chromebooks, the one feature that really gets me is the speed. Even in hardware-accelerated (i.e. Aura) mode. And face it, even the AC700, especially in Chrome OS R23 (Dev channel) and R22 (previous Dev channel release) has been performing amazingly even with Aura being the default desktop environment (yes, it is a full-

  • http://profiles.google.com/kenny.strawn Kenny Strawn

    The Chromebook I’m typing on right now is a first-gen AC700. First of all, plastic or not, looks have ABSOLUTELY no correlation with the functionality of the device. And given that the Chromebook also has Chrome 23.0.1262.2 *AURA* and Chrome OS 2876.0.0 (which happens to be the absolute latest Dev Channel release) and still boots in under 8 seconds, I’m greatly impressed.

    When it comes to hardware, with the exception of the glossy AC700 screen (which originally didn’t thrill me, as a former Cr-48 user, too much), the Chromebook has the same hardware, i.e. CPU (Intel Atom N570) and RAM (1GB), as the original Samsung Series 5. Not to mention that it also has certain external ports (HDMI being the most noticeable one) that the original Samsung Series 5 didn’t have, as well as a screen resolution (1366×768) that conforms to the 16:9 aspect ratio of most HDTVs. If you were to plug a Samsung Series 5 (either original or second-gen) into an HDTV (which you would need an adapter for, since neither version has an HDMI port), what you would end up with is basically a very slight “pillarbox” effect resulting from transferring the 16:10 image from the Chromebook’s screen to a 16:9 HDTV. Which, of course, tends to be a rather big turnoff.

    And oh, even with Aura, the AC700 still performs fairly well, especially in more recent (i.e. 22, 23) Dev versions. I can easily have upwards of 20-30 tabs open simultaneously without Chrome (or Aura/Ash) crashing. Social networking sites, i.e. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, perform without a hitch. Videos play back on YouTube with only minor buffering issues (which can be attributed to not the Chromebook but rather the paltry AT&T DSL connection that powers my home Wi-Fi router… oh, well). Google Play songs? Once again, absolutely no problems whatsoever. My Google Play library in fact plays louder on my Chromebook than on my (rather old) desktop in many cases, and whenever I end up watching a video online it sometimes plays so loud that I have to turn it down to avoid disturbing my family. Of course, hard surfaces (i.e. my wood desk) tend to also amplify the sound as well (the AC700 actually was the first Chromebook to introduce the downward-pointing speakers that blast sound through hard surfaces… Samsung only followed suit with the Series 5 550).

    So if the second-gen AC700 (or, more likely, “AC750″ or “AC800″) is priced at a comparable point to the current device, we’re looking at a real killer (especially if the improvement is as full-scale as the Samsung Series 5’s), not to mention one device that a lot more people will actually be willing to buy. Of course, the second-gen Series 5 actually has an aluminum screen backing as well as an aluminum keyboard plate (although the downward-facing half of the base, i.e. battery, chassis covers, is made of plastic). If the Series 5 550 is any indication of what the second-gen AC700 might look (and function) like, we have a real contender here.

  • Jonathan

    You guys don’t have a submit tip page, so I’ll just comment it. The newest dev build of Chrome has Do Not Track in the settings.

  • http://about.me/andrewrabon Andrew

    Please be thin.

  • Namida12

    Love my Acer C7 Chromebook: would like an word processor for off line use, and any documents I save to be auto uploaded to Google Drive when I get access to WiFi. A slimmer larger capacity Battery good for 10 hours would be a good upgrade. I also would like a 13/14 inch 16×9 ratio screen in a chromebook I can afford.