Acer has made several noteworthy Chromebooks as of late. The company's 15" model from last year was well-received, and the new 2018 Chromebook 11 is a decent product. Acer also manufactured the first Chrome OS tablet, but it's not widely available to consumers. Now the company has announced four new Chromebooks: two 13-inch models, and two 15-inch ones.

Chromebook 15/Spin 15

Acer announced the Chromebook 15 Spin, and the normal Chromebook 15. The former is a 2-in-1, and the latter is just a normal laptop. For some reason, both models have worse specifications than the new 13-inch Acer Chromebooks. You want a large screen and a fast processor? Too bad.

Specs

CPU Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel Pentium 4415U (Chromebook 15 only), Intel Celeron 3865U (Chromebook 15 only)
Display 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS
RAM Up to 8GB
Storage 32 or 64GB eMMC
Ports 2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, microSD card reader
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

Acer cites a 13-hour battery life for the Spin, and a 15-hour one for the normal version. The Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H) will start at $449 in North America, when it launches in July. Europe and Asia will get it in June, starting at €449. The normal model (CB315-1H/1HT) will launch in North America in June for $349, and Europe/Asia in June for €399.

Chromebook 13/Spin 13

Acer also launched the Chromebook Spin 13, a 2-in-1 model with Wacom stylus support, and the normal Chromebook 13. Both have roughly the same configuration options, but most of the specifications on both are upgrades from the new Chromebook 15 and Spin 15.

Specs

CPU Core i5-8250U or i3-8130U in Chromebook Spin 13; Core i3-8130U, Pentium 4415U, or Celeron® 3865U in Chromebook 13
Display 13.5-inch 2256x1504 IPS with Corning Gorilla Glass (available in touch or non-touch)
RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR3
Storage 32 or 64GB eMMC
Ports 2x USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, microSD card reader
Connectivity 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Pricing Starts at $399 or £399

The standard Chromebook 13 will go on sale later this month, starting at $399 in the US and £399 in the UK. It's not clear which configuration options you'll get for that price, but I'd assume the Celeron 3865U processor with a non-touch screen.

Press Release

Acer Debuts Two Premium 13-Inch Chromebooks Designed for Business Use

NEW YORKMay 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Editor's Summary

  • The new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13 boast stylish all-aluminum designs that are durable, thin, and light
  • Designed with productivity in mind, the new Acer Chromebooks feature 3:2 aspect ratio screens for more vertical space than wider 16:9 screens, reducing the need for scrolling while editing documents and spreadsheets
  • Includes 8th Gen Intel® Core processors providing remarkable performance and exceptional battery life[1]
  • The new Acer Chromebooks feature dual USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports for convenient charging and data transfers, and Android app support via Google Play Store

Acer today introduced two new premium Chromebooks designed for business use -- the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and the Acer Chromebook 13. Both models feature a stylish and durable all-aluminum design and a full HD+ 13.5-inch display in a 3:2 aspect ratio. The new Acer Chromebooks are powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core processors providing exceptional performance and battery life for productivity on the go.

The convertible Chromebook Spin 13 (CP713-1WN) has 360-degree hinges for use as a tablet, notebook, display, or in tent-mode. It comes with a Wacom® stylus (for pen input) that can be conveniently stored in the device slot. The Acer Chromebook 13 (CB713-1W) opts for the traditional notebook design for keyboard-heavy tasks.

"The new premium profiles of the Acer Chromebooks are a reflection of the superior performance they provide, as well as of the vast capabilities of Chrome OS," said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. "As a leader in Chromebooks, Acer has helped accelerate their adoption in business, education, and at home. As Chrome OS has evolved to include more features, we've responded with designs and form factors that offer meaningful benefits to our customers."

Productivity-Boosting Full HD+ 13.5-inch Display

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Acer Chromebook 13 feature a 13.5-inch Full HD+ display with 2256x1504 resolution for 3.3 million pixels of brilliant clarity and vibrancy while running apps and viewing content. The IPS display lets users easily present projects and share content thanks to its wide 178-degree viewing angles.

The display's 3:2 aspect ratio adds 18 percent more vertical space compared to an equally wide 16:9 display, so customers scroll less when viewing websites, documents, and spreadsheets. Plus, when the Chromebook Spin 13 is in tablet mode, the taller display feels more like an actual magazine, enhancing the reading experience.

Stylish and Sturdy Premium Aluminum Design

The Chromebook 13's new design features a beautiful all-aluminum chassis that is visually appealing for professionals, students, or anyone who appreciates sleek, modern design. The attractive diamond-cut effects on the edges and surrounding the touchpad complement the sandblasted matte aluminum chassis, making it pleasing to touch and easier to grip.

The Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13 are both built with a sturdy but stylish aluminum chassis to improve durability while reducing flex. The Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad provides smooth navigation when browsing the web and using apps, while dual microphones effectively pinpoint sound for clear audio during video chats and online calls.

Convertible Chromebook Spin 13 with Four Usage Modes and Wacom Pen Input

The Chromebook Spin 13's convertible design with 360-degree hinges allows it to be opened a full 360-degrees so the touchscreen display can be used in tablet mode, useful for reading online content, gaming, or chatting. The convertible design brings the keyboard forward quickly for input. In addition, customers can stand it up in display mode to get closer to the screen, or use it in tent-mode in tight spaces.

The included Wacom EMR stylus lets customers sketch, take notes, capture ideas, and interact with programs and apps with precision. The refined elastomer tip provides unsurpassed accuracy and a natural writing experience. In addition, it can be stored in the Chromebook Spin 13's storage slot to prevent it from getting misplaced.

Staying Connected

The new Acer Chromebooks have USB 3.1 Type-C ports on each side for charging the Chromebook from the most convenient angle. Plus, the ports can be used for quick data transfers when connecting to an external display or for charging other devices. Both new Chromebooks also have a legacy USB 3.0 port and a MicroSD card reader.

The Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13 feature dual slot-antennae to provide fast and reliable 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, while Bluetooth 4.2 delivers a convenient connection to peripherals.

All-Day Battery Life and Enhanced Performance

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 can be used for a full day of work or school, streaming or gaming, with its industry-leading battery life of up to 10 hours.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor or Core i3-8130U processor. It offers up to 16GB LPDDR3 memory and up to 128GB of on-board eMMC storage.

The Acer Chromebook 13 processor options include an 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel® Pentium® 4415U or Intel® Celeron® 3865U. It comes with up to 16GB LPDDR3 memory and either 32GB or 64GB of on-board eMMC storage.

Android App Support; Chrome OS Speed, Simplicity and Security

Both the new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13 fully support Android apps via Google Play, so customers can have access to Chrome apps and more than two million Android apps for productivity, connectivity, and fun.

The new Acer Chromebooks are not only easy to use, but also easy to share with multiple users. Customers simply log into their Google account to access Gmail, Google Docs, apps, extensions, bookmarks, and more. Chromebooks run on Google's Chrome OS platform, which automatically updates and uses multiple levels of security to guard against ever-changing online threats.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13 were unveiled today at the [email protected] press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit www.acer.com/nextatacer.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world's top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer's 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

© 2018 Acer Inc. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and smay vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra.

Press Release

Acer Debuts Big-Screen Flexibility with First 15-inch Convertible Chromebook

NEW YORKMay 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Editor's Summary

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 15 has 360-degree hinges and 15.6-inch display; ideal for media streaming, apps, and productivity
  • Upward-facing speakers deliver robust audio to complement visuals
  • Features Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad for smooth navigation
  • Long 13-hour battery life[1] means more productivity and fun
  • Acer also announces new Chromebook 15 model that pairs a large screen with long 14-hour battery and value pricing
  • Both new Chromebooks boast Android app support via Google Play Store

Acer today introduced the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H), the industry's first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. The large touchscreen display pairs with the convertible 360-degree design to deliver a powerful and portable Chromebook with first-rate entertainment and productivity capabilities.

In addition, Acer is launching a new Chromebook 15 (CB315-1H/1HT) line that pairs a large 15-inch display and long 14-hour battery life at a budget-friendly price.

"Acer has led the Chromebook market with a wide range of form factors, sizes and designs to meet the needs of our customers, and we're expanding our line with new exciting 15-inch models today," said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. "Acer's new Chromebooks with large 15-inch Full HD displays are ideal for collaborating on projects for work and school, enjoying streaming media and running the latest apps. Plus, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is the company's first to combine a large 15.6-inch display with a convertible design, so customers can use the device in different modes."

Both the new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H) and Chromebook 15 (CB315-1H/1HT) fully support Android apps via Google Play, joining the performance, security and simplicity of Chrome with the more than two million Android apps that consumers know and love.

Chromebook Spin 15 Provides Big Entertainment

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15's large 1080p display is ideal for people who want an affordable computer that can also be used for entertainment in homes, apartments or dorm rooms. The 1920x1080 resolution delivers sharp visuals while IPS technology provides wide viewing angles for sharing streaming video. Plus, the display supports 10-finger touch for responsive website browsing and running the latest apps. The large FHD IPS display is complemented by two full-sized upward-facing speakers that deliver enhanced volume and audio range for an excellent HD entertainment experience. The large display boosts productivity with the additional screen real estate for apps and tabs. This also makes room for a comfortable full-sized keyboard and a large Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad that provides smooth navigation through sites and apps.

Flexible Design That Looks Great

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15's 360-degree hinges allow the touchscreen display to be rotated a full 360-degree until it becomes completely open and ready for use as a large tablet for reading online content, enjoying video and staying in touch on social media. This convertible design means that the keyboard can be quickly manoeuvred back for use in traditional notebook mode. In addition, customers can stand it up in display mode to get closer to the screen, or use it in tent-mode for constrained spaces like airplane cabins.

The Chromebook Spin 15 has a silver cross-hairline pattern on the top cover that looks great in any setting. This unique silky texture provides a premium look that's professional enough for the office and stylish enough for the home. The Chromebook Spin 15 can easily be moved around the home or office since it weighs only 2.1kg (4.63 pounds). 

Performance and All-Day Battery Life

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 can be used for a full day of work or school, plus streaming and fun since it delivers industry-leading battery life of up to 13 hours1. The fanless design allows it to run quietly, making it great for shared spaces such as a family room, library or coffee shop.

It provides solid everyday performance, since it's powered by the quad-core Intel® Pentium® N4200 processor, Intel®Celeron® N3450 processor, or the dual-core Intel® Celeron® N3350 processor. It comes with 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4 memory and either 32GB or 64GB of on-board eMMC storage.

Staying Connected

Fast and reliable 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeps customers connected, while Bluetooth 4.2 provides a convenient connection to peripherals. The Acer 720p HD webcam has high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide field of view for accommodating groups in video conferences and Google Hangouts.

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 has two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports for quick transfer of data, connecting to an HD display as well as charging the device or other products. In addition, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 includes two USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card reader.

New Value-Oriented Chromebook 15 Model

Acer is also introducing a new model in its popular Chromebook 15 line that delivers the same large 15.6-inch display and long 14-hour battery life at a budget-friendly price. The Chromebook 15 has a vibrant Full HD 15.6-inch display in both touch (CB315-1HT) and non-touch (CB315-1H) displays that both provide a Full HD 1920x1080 resolution ideal for enjoying Android apps and viewing multiple tabs and apps. The Chromebook 15 is powered by the quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor, the dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 processor, or quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor and comes with two full-sized upward-facing speakers that support high-definition audio. It can be connected to a wireless network via Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (802.11ac 2x2 MIMO) WiFi and to other devices with its two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It will be available with up to 8MB dual-channel LPDDR4 memory and 64GB of on-board eMMC storage.

Chrome OS Provides Speed, Simplicity and Security

Both new Acer Chromebooks are easy to use and can be easily shared between multiple users. Customers simply log into their own Google account to access their Gmail, Google Docs, apps, extensions, bookmarks and other information. Chromebooks run on Google's Chrome OS platform, which provides automatic updates and multiple levels of security to guard users against ever-changing online threats.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H) will be available in North America in July starting at $449; and in EMEA in June starting at EUR449.

The Acer Chromebook 15 (CB315-1H/1HT) will be available in North America in July starting at $349; and in EMEA in June starting at EUR399.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 and Chromebook 15 were unveiled today at the [email protected] press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit www.acer.com/nextatacer.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world's top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer's 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

© 2018 Acer Inc. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and smay vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra.

[1] Battery life is based on Google power_LoadTest for non-touch model (http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing). Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features.