Google reveals price range Chromebooks together with a $249 ASUS convertible
Women and gents, prepare for some new Chromebooks. Yep, Google has simply introduced 4 new Chrome OS laptops, all of which lean towards the finances-pleasant finish of the spectrum. They’re the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the ASUS Chromebook C201, the Hisense Chromebook and the Haier Chromebook eleven (This additionally is available in an academic model dubbed the 11e). Although it is the priciest mannequin at $249, probably the most notable one by far is ASUS’ Chromebook Flip. Not solely is it the slimmest of the bunch with a thickness of solely 15mm, it has a ten.1-inch touchscreen IPS show that may be flipped (therefore the identify) 360 levels round.
I did not have a lot time to get an actual really feel for the Flip, however it does remind me lots of ASUS’ different flipping laptop computer, the ASUS Transformer E-book Flip. The Chromebook flip could be very light-weight at lower than two kilos and I used to be capable of maintain it with one hand fairly simply. Because of an inner accelerometer, the display orientation modifications relying on how the laptop computer is positioned — as you’ll be able to see within the picture right here, it is rotated one hundred eighty-levels when within the upside-down teepee formation. On this transformed state, the software program within the Chromebook Flip is sensible sufficient to convey up contact-centric controls like a digital keyboard and handwriting recognition everytime you faucet an empty textual content subject. Flip it round to common laptop computer mode, nevertheless, and these additional modes will disappear, because it acknowledges that you simply now have a full keyboard at your disposal.
The Haier and the Hisense laptops, however, are decidedly much less glamorous. As an alternative of a modern all-metallic body, the Haier and the Hisense fashions are clad in utilitarian black plastic. Nonetheless, that is not essentially a nasty factor. The Hisense particularly has a pleasing pebbled texture that contributes to a firmer grip and I fairly like the texture of the metallic palm relaxation. They each have virtually the identical dimensions — the Hisense is eleven.7 by eight.eight by zero.6 inches and weighs about three.three kilos whereas the Haier is a contact smaller at eleven.four by eight.1 by zero.seventy one inches and a couple of.fifty four kilos. Each have eleven.6-inch screens with 1366×768 decision and 200 nits of brightness. I wasn’t too impressed with what I noticed of the shows — the colours appear washed out and somewhat lackluster — however for low-finish finances fashions, they’re completely useful.
I used to be additionally a fan of the Haier 11e instructional Chromebook. It is much more sturdy towards on a regular basis put on and tear and is water- and spill-resistant as a consequence of tiny drainage holes within the chassis. In contrast to the common Haier Chromebook eleven, the 11e has a detachable battery together with a constructed-in deal with, presumably so youngsters can simply carry it from class to class. ASUS’ Chromebook C201 is a little bit of a thriller as I wasn’t capable of deal with it myself, however Google tells us it has a eleven.6-inch show and the internals are about the identical as the remaining.
ASUS Chromebook C201
As for these internals, properly, all the above Chromebooks come outfitted with a Rockchip 3288 SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB flash reminiscence (eMMC). All of them even have 802.eleven ac WiFi, a 720p HD entrance-dealing with digital camera, two USB 2.zero ports, a microSD card reader, Bluetooth four.zero and an ARM Mali 760 quad core GPU. Battery life fluctuates from mannequin to mannequin — the Flip guarantees as much as 10 hours, the Hisense has eight.5, the Haier has 10 whereas the Chromebook C201 guarantees thirteen.
The primary draw with all of those, in fact, is worth. The Flip might be out there for $249, the C201 begins at $169, whereas each the Haier and the Hisense fashions will value $149 every. The Flip must be out later this Spring, the C201 shall be on Amazon in Might, and each the Haier and Hisense fashions are avaiable for pre-order as we speak. The Haier is obtainable via Amazon whereas the Hisense may be bought by way of Walmart.
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