Beside the Pixel line, the Acer Chromebook R 11 must be one of the most beloved Chromebooks of recent times. It's very well reviewed on Amazon, often mentioned in our internal Android Police chats, and it's one of the two devices that first received the ability to run Android apps in the dev builds.
At IFA, Acer is following up on its success with a bigger version of the R 11: the Acer Chromebook R 13. Like the R 11, it sports a convertible design with a 360-degree swiveling touchscreen so it can be used in normal laptop mode, display mode (resting on the keyboard, display looking like on a stand), tent mode (standing on its borders, display toward you), and pad mode (tablet only).
The R 13's specs aren't groundbreaking, but they will do the job just fine. You're looking at a MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot quad-core processor, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM on all variants, an LED-backlit LCD with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution and 10-point touch input, and either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage.
There's a USB-C port for charging, data transfers, or connection to a display, as well as a regular USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI port, microphone, and headphone jack. The battery can last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
The R 13 is planned to support Android apps and the Google Play Store (though there's no word on whether it might get dev build support or will have to wait until the stable release). It will be available in North America in October starting $399, and in EMEA markets starting EUR 399.
Acer Unveils Industry’s First Convertible Chromebook with 13-inch Display