New Acer Chromebook Spin 13, Chromebook 13 launching at Acer Next Event

Acer Next, the company’s global press conference, happens today in New York at 11am and will show off a pair of new Chromebooks aimed at the enterprise market. Expect the company to show off the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Acer Chromebook 13.

Intel-Core-i5-8250U-8th-GenThe Chromebook Spin 13 is the more powerful of the two when it comes to processors. You’ll get a choice between an 8th-gen Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i3-8130U paired with up to 16 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage capacity. Processor options for the Chromebook 13 are the same Intel Core i3-8130U, Pentium 4415U or Celeron 3865U,

Both devices have an aluminum chassis, a Gorilla Glass trackpad and a 13.5-inch IPS touch display running 2256 x 1504 resolution in a 3:2 aspect ratio. Of course, based on the name, the Spin 13 display can completely fold back thanks to the 360-degree hinges. That will be useful since the Spin 13 houses a Wacom EMR stylus pen for handwriting input, notes and drawing.

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Each also has USB-C ports on the left and right so you can choose which side to plug in the device charger; a feature I’ve come to love on my Pixelbook. Battery life should be around 10 hours. Both Chromebooks have a standard USB port and microSD memory card slot as well as 2×2 MIMO 802.1ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 radios. Google Play Store support for Android apps will be available on the pair as well.

Tune in below at 11am ET to see these new Chromebooks where we’ll hopefully hear more on pricing and availability. Clearly the Chromebook Spin 13 model will command the higher price between the two; I’d expect it to start around $500 while I’m hoping the Chromebook 13 is in the $350-ish range for a base model.

Update: According to Android Central, the base Acer Chromebook 13 will cost $399.

 

3 thoughts on “New Acer Chromebook Spin 13, Chromebook 13 launching at Acer Next Event

  • May 23, 2018 at 10:31 am
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    The Spin 13 sounds better in nearly all respects than the Pixelbook – i5-8250U, 16GB ram, Wacom EMR! What I find very hard to believe is that it will be priced anywhere near $500. I would guess $799, but at that it would still be a steal and will virtually end the Pixelbook (which I own!) as a viable product without a $200 – $300 discount.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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    No one seems to be saying whether the spin will have a backlit keyboard, do we know?

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    • May 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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      I haven’t seen any mention of it yet, so I’m leery that it does.

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