Acer and ASUS have become the first OEMs to begin selling Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in Taiwan.
Announcing its intentions in a press event on Friday, October 31, Taiwanese computer maker Acer said its Chrome OS devices will launch in the first week of November.
While primarily targeting the education and business sectors — the driving force of Chrome device growth in the area — Acer is also pitching at regular users, too. They say both devices are well suited to meet the needs of “price-sensitive consumers and people who need a second computer”.
The 11.6-inch Acer C730 Chromebook features an Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16 GHz, 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC Storage. It will retail from NT$8,690 (roughly $80 more than its US counterpart).
A 13.3-inch model will also be available priced at NT$11,900 and the Acer Chromebox CXI will retail from NT$7,990.
ASUS plans to launch its C300 Chromebook in Taiwan in late November, with pricing yet to be confirmed. Its Celeron-powered Chromebox goes on sale Friday priced at NT$5,999.
Recent data shared by market analysts ABI Research puts Chromebooks on course to ship 4.1 million units in 2014, nearly double its 2013 showing.
- Source: Acer; ASUS (via FocusTaiwan)