Acer's new convertible Chromebook Spin 11 can run Android applications

Joanna Estrada
January 23, 2018

Today in London, Acer announced three new Chrome OS devices, including two laptops and a Chromebox.

Also, both the Acer Chromebook 11 C732 and Acer Chromebox CXI3 will fully support Google Play at launch, so students will have access to millions of Android apps on Google Play to let them have more fun, be entertained, stay connected and remain productive.

Following several announcements at CES and Lenovo's yesterday, Acer is now the latest company to announces Chrome OS devices for 2018. It features a spill-resistant keyboard which can handle 330 ml of liquid, and is compliant with the MIL-STD 810G specs. On the wireless side, the Acer Chromebox CXI3 has 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi- Fi wireless and Bluetooth 4.2 LE.

Inside, there's either an Intel Celeron dual-core or quad-core N3450 processor, paired with either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of eMMC storage in the non-touch model, and either 32 GB or 64 GB in the touch version. Driving Chrome OS, a less powerful processor is generally fine. The Chromebook 11 C732 will be available in two main versions (touch IPS display and non-touch) with each model also available in different RAM and storage configurations. The displays will open 180° to lay the devices flat if necessary.

The Chromebook Spin 11 actually seems pretty similar to the Chromebook 11 that was announced at CES, offering USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports and all-day battery life.

The new Acer Chromebook 11 C732 line will be available in March with prices starting at $299.99 (roughly Rs. 19,100) for touch models and $279.99 (roughly Rs. 17,900) for non-touch models.

The new Chromebook Spin 11 is, as the name implies, a convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch HD touchscreen, and it's aimed at consumers. Processor options on the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 include the Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor, Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core processor, or an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor. It also has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, along with 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports for connectivity. Up to 8 GB of RAM will be offered.

The new Chromebook Spin 11 comes in two models: CP311-1N and CP311-1HN. The optional stylus powered by Wacom® EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) technology2 can be used with the Chromebook to provide an excellent digital writing experience that mimics actual pen and paper. The Spin 11 will go on sale in the U.S. in March starting at $349. It offers "a myriad of connectivity options", including five USB Type-A ports (USB 2.0 or 3.0, depending on which one you buy), one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, HDMI, Ethernet, and microSD. Launch details are not yet available, though it will be targeted at education and commercial customers. The Acer Chromebox CXI3 features a compact design that fits 3neatly into all sorts of environments, and can be placed freestanding with the included stand, or secured to the back of the monitor with an optional VESA mounting kit.

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