Acer Chromebook Spin 513

Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with Snapdragon 7c available in the UK for £399.99

Ever since I got an early look at the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, I’ve been waiting for pricing information and availability in the U.S. Looks like I’m still waiting. Folks in the UK, however, can purchase this Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c-powered convertible Chromebook now for £399.99.

The UK Acer store shows the availability of 1-4 working days if you want to order this Chromebook.

Being the first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c platform, I’d be a little cautious though. This chipset launched in late 2019 and isn’t yet proven to provide a solid Chrome OS experience.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it. Just know that without any history of performance, you really can’t know what to expect. When I had an early model of this device back in October I wasn’t allowed to run performance tests, so I can’t offer any insights.

Note too that this is the base model, which we expect to cost $399 in the U.S.

So you’re getting 4 GB of memory unlike the 8 GB of RAM I had in my pre-production unit. Also, there’s no LTE support option with the base configuration. That should help with battery life, which Acer claims up to 14-hours.

Obviously, I couldn’t test that with a pre-production model either since the final hardware and software would be different.

Acer Chromebook Spin 513

Strangely, a few early buyers of this device are reporting that the version of Chrome OS on the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is 32-bit. That’s not necessarily a problem but it suggests to me that Google still hasn’t fully optimized Chrome OS for this chip.

Qualcomm has clearly stated 64-bit architecture support for the Snapdragon 7c, so the hardware is capable. Seemingly, the software isn’t. Or Google has simply decided to have this version run a 32-bit userland space since the memory is limited to 4 GB and wouldn’t benefit from 64-bit support.

Either way, if you want to take the chance and you live in the UK, or want to have a device shipped elsewhere, now’s your chance.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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3 thoughts on “Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with Snapdragon 7c available in the UK for £399.99

  1. Doesn’t really seem a very good deal, Acer Store prices are never very good. Argos do better prices on Acer stuff. I got:

    LENOVO – IdeaPad Flex 5i 13.3″ 2 in 1 Chromebook with Bag & Mouse Bundle – Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB SSD, Grey

    From Currys for £505 in Jan with bag, mouse and delivery.

  2. Thanks for the heads up as always Kevin. I am still absolutely loving my Pixelbook Go that I settled on after your feedback on it, so not in the market but always pleased to be kept up to date on options.

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