After being outed by Amazon France two weeks ago, Acer have officially announced the C720P touchscreen Chromebook.
As previously reported, the new C720P features a 32GB solid-state drive, 2GB of RAM, and an 11.6″ screen with a resolution of 1366×768. The C720P also packs a Haswell processor and Acer are touting boot times of only 7 seconds.
- Intel Celeron 2955U processor (Haswell) @ 1.4Ghz
- 2GB RAM
- Intel HD Graphics
- 32GB SSD
- 7.5 hours of battery life
Expansion and connectivity wise there are 2 USB ports; a full-sized HDMI out; combo mic/headphones jack; and an SD card slot. There’s also a front-facing VGA webcam and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Amazon France’s premature listing from earlier in the month had the device priced at €299 – roughly $400/£250 – but the official price is a much lower $299 – only $50 more than the RRP of the recently released C720 and $100 more than the awkwardly named C720-2848.
The C720P is the first touchscreen Chromebook outside the Chromebook Pixel and, more importantly, the first entry-level touchscreen Chromebook outright, coming in at a far more reasonable price for consumers who enjoy a touchscreen experience but can’t justify spending $1299 on a Chrome OS device.
Acer expect the device to be available starting early December – only a week away! – on Amazon, Best Buy, and from their own online store. There is no word on release dates for international customers at this time. Amazon are currently listing the C720P as shipping in mid-December with “limited” availability.