Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 tablet is official

Earlier this month, some online retailers gave a preview of a new Microsoft Surface-like Asus Chromebook before Asus announced the device. With its own product page now, the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 tablet is official although Asus is still mum on pricing and availability.

Chrome Unboxed eye-spied the new product page, which confirms the leaked specifications. Asus is also showing off the versatility of that dual-folding kickstand cover, which actually one-ups Microsoft Surface devices. They can only use the kickstand in landscape mode.

Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 landscape and portrait

In addition to the dual-orientation support, the Asus keyboard attaches to the bottom bezel of of the bezel. That helps with the typing experience. However, the keyboard stand isn’t as versatile as Microsoft’s when it comes to the display angle. You can see in the top picture it’s a little more limited.

Here are the official specs, many of which are very similar to the Lenovo Duet Chromebook:

CPU
MediaTek 8183 Processor 2.0 GHz(1M Cache, up to 2.0 GHz, 8 cores)
 
GPU
Arm Mali-G72 MP3
Display

10.5-inch, LCD, WUXGA (1920 x 1200) 16:10, Wide view,

Glossy touch display, LED Backlit, 320nits, sRGB: 118%

Memory 4GB LPDDR4/4X on board, Memory Max Up to 4GB
Storage 64/128 eMMC
Connectivity TBD
Input Attachable keyboard, multitouch
trackpad, dual microphones,
2MP / 8MP webcam
Ports 1 USB Type-C (2.0), built in microphone & stereo speakers
Battery 27 WHr, claimed run-time
of 12 hours
Weight 1.12 pounds
Software Chrome OS automatic update
expiration date: TBD but likely June 2028 or June 2029

A few hardware bits jump out at me here.

There’s no mention of a microSD card slot so keep that in mind if you choose to buy this Chrome OS tablet. The 64 or 128 GB of eMMC storage you get is all you get.

The single USB-C port is used for charging the battery but it’s an older generation of USB 2.0, so data transfers and external display features may be limited.

There won’t be an option with more than 4 GB of RAM, at least at this point. I don’t think that’s a deal breaker for this type of device, however, it’s worth noting. Also worth a mention: There are only two speakers; they’re on the top of the device when in landscape mode.

That’s fine except if you use portrait mode for video chats. In that case, all audio will be coming from a single side of the tablet.

Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 versatility

On the plus side, that garaged USI stylus recharges inside the Asus Chromebook Flip CM3. Asus says 15 seconds will get you 45 minutes of usage. That’s handy!

Now all we need to see is the price and availability information. I’m going to take a stab at the entry level model costing around $299 to $329. And I’d expect the upgraded model with double the storage and faster RAM to add a $50 premium.

What do you think the Chromebook Flip CM3 will or should cost with these configurations?

7 thoughts on “Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 tablet is official

  • February 28, 2021 at 12:20 pm
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    The CM3 looks to be a beautiful device. Tablets are primarily meant for mobile media consumption and teleconferencing and only occasionally for light productivity. It seems to tick all of the boxes, like battery life, weight, and high resolution Webcam. If finger and USI pen input are fluid and speakers and microphone don’t disappoint, it should be another home-run hit for Asus.

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    • February 28, 2021 at 12:43 pm
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      I completely agree. Some folks would like to use a Chrome OS tablet as their primary device by attaching an external monitor though. I saw that a bunch with the Duet. For basic all-day use, it could work.

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  • March 1, 2021 at 4:05 pm
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    I was (and am) still a big fan of the HP Chromebook X2. I primarily use cloud based apps for my lessons and planning documents. I also edit PDFs. This workflow is appropriate for Chrome OS.

    While the conversion form factor is clunky compared to the Duet and CM3, it was definitely ahead of it’s time.

    Unfortunately the webcam on the X2 is compromised (some lint/dust got inside somehow). The price point of these new convertible devices might be enticing enough to upgrade as I can’t find a repair shop willing to open up the X2.

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  • March 2, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    Looks interesting but I’m just not a fan of the kickstand design. What I really want is an update to the Flip C101.

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  • March 15, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    I could live without the SD card but not the ability to use an external display and USB 3.0 that would be a deal breaker for me.

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  • March 26, 2021 at 10:36 am
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    I’m very close to pulling the trigger on the Duet. With USB C it’s, possible to attach a hub to extend all kinds of functionality so I think Asus decision to go, with 2.0 is rather large mistake but I do like it’s larger form factor. The one challenge for, em with all these Chrome OS devices is no screen mirroring (miracast) so I’m back to my Android with BT keynoard, no matter how appealing both the Duet and Flip appear.

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    • March 26, 2021 at 8:09 pm
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      Re: lack of miracast, why not use casting with a chromecast?

      (Not familiar with miracast, never owned devices with that capability)

      Chromecast works great with chromebooks in my experience.

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