Asus Chromebook Flip C434 release expected in March, starting around $569

I got some hands-on time with the new Asus Chromebook Flip C434 last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing me it’s a great update from the C302 that Asus has been selling for the past two years. I couldn’t get a firm release date or price from Asus, however, and the latter is important: I suggested after my time with the device that if Asus could keep the starting price between $550 and $599, it would be a strong contender for those looking to purchase a solid 2-in1 Chromebook.

It appears there are some details on price and availability out there though. Piecing together info from two different sources, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 should be available in March, with a starting price of $569, right in the target cost range I was hoping for.

The availability date comes directly from Google, so I have little doubt about its veracity. Google’s Keyword blog announcing the C434, as well as the new HP Chromebook X360 G1 for enterprises, says “The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 will be available in March 2019. Both devices will be available in select countries globally.”

That date makes sense to me after using the device. I saw some software glitches and issues with tablet mode — the keyboard was not disabled when I folded the 14-inch display behind the keyboard — and figured it will take a good month or so to resolve.

As far as pricing, Android Police appears to have gotten Asus on record, noting “Asus expects the launch the Chromebook Flip C434 starting around $569. Asus says there might just be one SKU in the US at first, most likely the Core i5. Core M3 and Core i7 versions will also be out there.”

While that’s not a final price due to the words “expects” and “around”, it gives us a good idea that the price will be in that $550 to $599 range to start that I was looking for. Yes, that’s probably for an M3 model and may be with 4 GB of memory. To be honest, that’s good enough for many people just looking for a decent browsing experience on a high-resolution, large screen.

As a refresher, here are the specs of the Asus Chromebook Flip 434, which is very comparable to the Pixel Slate in terms of the 8th-generation Intel processor choices:

  • Intel Core M3-8100Y, 2C/4T, 1.1GHz (4MB cache, up to 3.4GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-8200Y, 2C/4T, 1.3GHz (4MB cache, up to 3.9GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-8500Y, 2C/4T, 1.5GHz (4MB cache, up to 4.2GHz)
  • 14” LED-backlit IPS NanoEdge display, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 with 5mm bezels and a 360-degree hinge
  • Up to 8GB LPDDR3
  • Up to 128GB eMMC
  • MicroSD card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port (all ports are USB 3.1)
  • Backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad
  • HD webcam, presumably 720p based on the lack of a “FullHD” mention
  • 48 WHr battery, no estimated run-time yet
  • 3.2 pounds

If you’re interested in the C434, I’d caution you if you plan to use it in tablet mode for any length of time. It’s a bit heavy and awkward due to the widescreen aspect ratio. Think of it like holding a 3.2-pound legal pad: You’ll get a great amount of information from a portrait perspective but it’s a bit big in the hands.

In terms of performance, I’d expect the Chromebook 434 to be just like the Pixel Slate since it has the same general internals. It may even be a smidge quicker since the integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 is pushing fewer pixels around too. I did a preliminary Octane 2.0 benchmark on the show floor but use this as a reference only: Without fully optimized software, the score is surely lower than what it will be when the final product arrives.

12 thoughts on “Asus Chromebook Flip C434 release expected in March, starting around $569

  • January 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    If they market the C434 at the same prices they did with the C302, it’ll be a bit of a non-starter in the UK. That went over a direct dollar to pound price point and just wasn’t a supportable price for most.
    Its such a shame, as I know so many people who would loved the C302, but I know weren’t ready for the sort of price point Asus was selling it for.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    The 3.2 lbs weight kills the deal for me. I’m gonna try to get a C302 while supplies last…

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  • January 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    Thanks Kevin and Asus – I am betwixt and between!

    My current road device is an Asus C302 flip, and I was looking to move over to the HP Chromebook X2.

    Now I am swinging back to the new Asus! Arrrgggh!!!!

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  • January 15, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    Which model did you run the octane benchmark on? I’m guessing the Core m7?

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    • January 15, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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      Core i7-8500Y

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Any word on if this model will be available for consumer purchase or is it only for Enterprise/business?

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  • January 31, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    Do I get a Chromebook or a tablet.
    Iv been looking at the Samsung S4 tab but that seems to be very expensive.
    So iv switched my attention to Chromebooks.Any advice would be appreciated.

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    • February 6, 2019 at 8:55 am
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      They do Chrome OS Tablets now… Although the better ones aren’t cheap

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  • February 20, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    I’ve been waiting for a new Chromebook and I’m ready to buy one!

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  • February 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    Any sign of a release date, prices, etc.? I’d decided on a Samsung Chromebook Plus, but I tried it at Best Buy & hated the way it feels. Finally decided on Lenova Yoga Chromebook with 8th gen i5, 8GB, 128ssd, 15.6′ with a super high-def screen because I got a military discount and it was on sale, but I also have to wait for it to ship March 31st and the thing weighs *4.2 pounds*!
    I would much rather buy this one, I think, if they have properly fixed whatever the heck is wrong with it that’s holding up the release.

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    • March 1, 2019 at 12:47 am
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      +1

      I’m w you on these two devices
      This will be my 1st Chromebook and laptop

      Been leaning towards the Lenovo , on Lenovo’s website. It comes with the backlit keyboard as well. I’m not sure about the 4K updated screen is really necessary. I have no idea
      The HD screen version is around $599..not including the periodic sales
      Perhaps $520 or so w local taxes
      …yes it’s often heavier side too like you mentioned!!

      NOW, I’m looking at this Asus unit w comparable specs for “approx “ the same price range $599
      Lighter, sleeker, and to me looks awesome aesthetically!!!

      So, to any other users. I’m open to suggestions for the above
      What one would you choose?

      Help

      Thanks

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  • February 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Would this be released the same time as in the UK? Or months later? I’m new to this. There’s an unavailable listing in the UK Amazon where it’s listed at £599

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