The IFA 2016 saw Acer launching the convertible Chromebook R13, the successor to its Chromebook R11. Following the footsteps of R11, the Acer Chromebook R13 features the same 360-degree hinge. It’s just a first 13.3-inch display Chromebook to have such a design.
You can use it in various modes like laptop mode, display mode, tent mode or tablet mode. That quickly reminds of Lenovo’s Yoga series laptop famous for doing just this.
Apart from that, the Acer Chromebook R13 is also the first to feature a MediaTek processor. So far it’s the Intel which dominated the specsheets of Chromebooks in the market. Given how really the ChromeOS is useful as a PC OS, excess power of Intel’s processors would have been a waste. Instead, the use of MediaTek’s solution seems like a more logical thing to do.
The MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot™ quad-core processor operates at 2.0GHz and can handle UltraHD videos. Acer will be offering the Chromebook R13 in storage variants (16/32/64GB) with 4GB RAM standar across them. It’s 13.3 FullHD display also has 1o point touch.
While it has the newer USB Type-C port, Acer has still kept all other usual ports like the traditional headphone jack, USB3.0, and HDMI ports. There’s also a 720p HD cam that should be usable to make video calls on Hangout with buddies. Acer claims the Chromebook R13’s will last up to 12 hours. It weighs 1.49 kgs, similar to most ultrabooks.
The Acer Chromebook R13 is slated go on sale in North America with $399 and for €399 in EMEA in October.