We don’t see too many Chrome OS devices with AMD processors but they’re out there. And there’s another one coming, this time with more modern silicon. The 2022 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is powered by AMD Zen 3 chips, according to an Acer press release today. These chips are an advanced iteration of the AMD Chromebook processors introduced in 2021.
Specifically, the 2022 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 uses the following AMD chips, specifically designed for Chromebooks:
- AMD Ryzen™ 7 5825C
- AMD Ryzen™ 5 5625C
- AMD Ryzen™ 3 5425C
- AMD Ryzen™ 3 5125C
While these aren’t the latest AMD 6000 chips that I hope will eventually end up in Chromebooks, they’re a solid step up from the prior generation. Each Ryzen chip has integrated Radeon graphics and should offer much better performance than the AMD-powered Chromebooks of the past. Those were aimed at the entry-level market but these new chips are more akin to a wider range of performance levels.
Once I get additional details on these AMD Zen 3 chips, I’ll share some thoughts, so stay tuned for that.
All models share some hardware including a 14-inch touch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a Gorilla Glass trackpad. Memory options top out at 16 GB and local storage is up to a 256 GB NVMe drive. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 are standard fare, as is a full HD webcam with a privacy shutter. A pair of USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A, HDMI on some models, and a microphone/headphone jack come along for the ride.
Acer says to expect up to 10 hours of battery life on the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 which weighs in at 3.3 pounds. These are all convertible models as part of the Spin lineup, of course, and support a USI stylus, which is not included.
Custom configurations will be available but Acer is specifically noting that a $579.99 model will be available in Q3 for $579.99. Here’s what powers that config:
- AMD Ryzen 3 5125C
- 8GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X SDRAM
- 128GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSD•MSRP: $579.99
Chrome Enterprise versions of the 2022 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 with AMD will also be available, starting at $899.99.