Acer’s new Core i3 Chromebook (Image: Liliputing)

Acer has unveiled a powerful new update to their C720 line of Chromebooks.

The as-yet-unnamed model will be powered by an Intel i3 processor and Intel HD4400 graphics. It was unveiled by the Taiwanese company at a press event in the US today, April 29.

It features a dual-core Intel Core i3-4005U processor running at 1.7GHz. This makes it the second Chrome OS notebook to use an ‘i’ Series chip from Intel, the first being Google’s pricey i5-based Chromebook Pixel.

Details are still emerging on the device from those in attendance at the event. Brad Linder of Liliputing reports that the model will be based on ‘the same chassis’ as the existing 11.6-inch Acer C720 series devices, something backed up by Brian Fagioli of BetaNews who notes that both the screen and keyboard ‘felt the same’ as the current C720 models.

Better Performance

Intel Core i3The Intel Core i3 processor should see this device deliver much better performance than the existing crop of Haswell-based Celeron Chromebooks and will enable Acer to forgo the need for a fan (hurrah!). But in retaining the same 11.6-inch form-factor we perhaps shouldn’t get too excited at the prospect of a superior display (boo!).

So far there’s no word on RAM, storage, price or release date. For hands-on pictures head over to BetaNews.

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