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Acer Unwraps a 13-Inch Convertible Chromebook R13

The device goes on sale in the US from October

acer r13 laptop mode

Acer has finally taken the wrapping off its long-rumoured MediaTek Chromebook.

Unveiled at the IFA 2016 event in Berlin, Germany, the Acer Chromebook R13 is the first Chromebook to be powered by a MediaTek processor.

As the “R” in the model name may have already suggested, the R13 is also a touch-screen convertible. The 10 point touch display can fold backwards to form a ‘tablet’ mode, or be pitched as a ‘tent’ or ‘display’, just like the popular Acer Chromebook R11. 

acer r13 display mode

As we reported on last month, the clamshell notebook uses a MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot (quad-core) processor with big.LITTLE architecture. It combines two performant Cortex A72 cores (2GHz) with two energy-efficient Cortex A53 cores (1.6GHz).

The device also comes with a healthy 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

It will also be made available in three different storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and, more notably, 64 GB.

A 12 hour battery and 720p webcam also feature, as does a USB Type-C charging port, a full-sized HDMI out and a standard USB 3.0 socket.

The Acer Chromebook 13 will go on sale in October and is priced from $399 for the 16GB model.