The new device
The new device

Acer is to launch one of the first Chromebooks using an Intel Braswell chip.

The newly spotted Acer C738T Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron N3150. This is a quad-core chip running at 1.6Ghz with burst speed of 2.08Ghz.

Intel Braswell improves efficiency, performance and graphics handling over some of Intel’s existing mobile chips.

360-degree IPS Touch Display

New Intel innards aren’t the only attractive thing about this new Acer Chromebook either. It also features a 360-degree hinge and 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen, according to German technology site who have seen a spec sheet detailing the new device.

‘The 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen can fold back 360-degrees to form a tablet’

This flexibility (e.g. it can fold back into a tablet) will make the device a bigger, faster and more luxurious rival to the 10.6-inch, ARM-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip.

Braswell’s modest improvements should help meet the battery life and performance requirements Chromebook owners increasingly demand from their devices. Intel announced the chip family at a press event last year.

Acer C738T Chromebook Specs

The full hardware specifications for this model is as follows:

  • 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen (1366×768 pixels, 360-degree hinge)
  • Intel Celeron N3150 @ 1.6Ghz (Quad-core, Braswell)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 9.5 Hour Battery Life

Also said to be included are two USB ports (1x 2.0, 1x 3.0) a full-sized HDMI out and SD card reader plus a HD webcam, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Sadly no whiff of a new USB Type-C port.

The notebook features an aluminium covered lid made using Acer’s nano-imprint technology, measures a svelte 19.2mm thick when closed and weighs 1.4kg.

Pricing, availability and release date are, as yet, unknown.

Will you be buying this device? Has Acer left out something you wanted? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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