Acer Announces Four New Chromebooks – Two 13″ and Two 15″ Models

Acer Chromebook 13

Acer has launched a set of four new Chromebooks, two 13″ models with impressive specs, and two 15″ models with so-so specs.  The new models are the Acer Chromebook 13, Acer Chromebook Spin 13,  Acer Chromebook 15, and the Acer Chromebook Spin 15.  As the name somewhat suggests, the two Spin models are 2-in-1 designs where you can fold the screen back onto the device to go into tablet mode.

The 13″ Chromebooks sport a 2256 x 1504 IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.  They are powered by the Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and comes with a minimum of 8GB of RAM.  For the Chromebook 13, you get 32GB of Storage.  For the Chromebook Spin 13, you can get either 8GB or 16GB of RAM which is coupled up with 64GB or 128GB of storage depending on the configuration.

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ARCore Update Brings Support for The Pixel 3 Lineup – And a Chromebook

ARCore Logo

Google has begun rolling out the latest update to ARCore for Android, the system level app that brings Augmented Reality to your devices.  The new update is version 1.4.180716066 for those keeping score at home.  The update brings support for the upcoming Google Pixel 3, codename Blueline, as well as the Pixel 3 XL, codename Crosshatch.  Given that the AR Core app is updated every 4-6 weeks and that this is the first reference to the new Pixels, it likely means that we getting close to launch.

Having the two new Pixel 3’s in the mix isn’t surprising but there was a surprise in that the first Chromebook is now listed as supporting ARCore.  That is the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10.

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Deal – Google Pixelbook Down to $757 at Amazon ($241 Off)

Left Side Ports Detail of The Pixelbook

There is a lot of evidence suggesting that we are about to see a Google Pixelbook 2, including a leak from the ever reliable Evan Blass.  But another indicator that we are about to see an update to the Pixelbook lineup is the current generation of the Chromebook continues to drop in price.

Right now at Amazon, Google is selling all three of the current generation configurations of the Google Pixelbook as well as the Pixelbook Pen for far less than their original prices.

If you have a Pixelbook and have been thinking about picking up the Pixelbook Pen, now’s the time for that too.  Right now it is down to $88, a savings of $10.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Broadly Available from Online Retailers

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

After being announced for the education sector in March, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is finally available from a wide range of retailers.  Priced at just under $350, the tablet is powered by Chrome OS and is the first true Chrome OS powered tablet in the market.

The QXGA 9.7″ backlit LED display of the Chromebook Tab 10  renders at 2048 x 1536 which supports stylus input.  In fact, it comes with a stylus and it can be stored in the device.  Camera wise, you have a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera.  Connectivity is handled by the 2x2MIMO 802.11ac WiFi antenna and you have Bluetooth 4.1 built in too.  Finally, it 34 Wh battery that provides 9 hours of power to the tablet.

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Google Pixelbook 2 Slated to be Announced Later This Year

Google Pixelbook Pen

The anticipated Google event later this year to announce the new Pixel 3 lineup is shaping up to be far reaching like last year.  Rumors and leaks suggest that in addition to a new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we will likely see a Pixel branded smartwatch and updated Google Pixelbuds.  Now we can add an updated Google Pixelbook 2 to the mix.

Evan Blass, one of the most reliable sources for leaks and information, Tweeted over the weekend that an updated version of Google’s flagship Chromebook could be coming at the event, which is believe to happen around the October time frame.

Truthfully this isn’t too surprising given that the Mountain View company appears going with a yearly cadence on all of their hardware updates now.

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Deal – Acer Chromebook 15 Refurbished is $224 Until Midnight Eastern

Acer Chromebook 15

There is a great deal on a refurbished Acer Chromebook 15 over at Amazon, but you will need to step on it to pick one up.  Right now the online retailer has the well appointed Chromebook for $224, a savings of $55 off the regular price.  It is a great price on a solid Chromebook performer with a large screen and excellent battery life.

For those that don’t recall, the Acer Chromebook 15 comes with a 15.6″ Full HD Touch display, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of storage.  It is powered by the Pentium N4200 which has a 2MB of cache and clocked at up to 2.5GHz.  All of this is powered by a 3220 mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours of usage on a single charge.

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Google Opens Early Access Program for Chromebook Grab and Go Initiative

Chromebook Enterprise Grab and Go

Google today announced the opening of an Early Access program for their new Chromebook Grab and Go initiative for the enterprise.  Aimed at lowering IT costs and making devices available to anyone, the Grab and Go program provides Chromebooks charged and ready to go for anyone in the enterprise to check out and use for their laptop that day.  Because nothing is stored locally on the device and all in the cloud, the only thing that users need are their login credentials and all their content is there.  It is the ultimate example of the simplistic but powerful way that Chrome OS works today.

Chrome devices and Chrome Enterprise are the key ingredients that make this program so effective. With Grab and Go, centrally-located racks with fully-charged Chromebooks are available 24/7. As soon as an issue arises, employees can grab any of these devices and log in through their corporate account. Because their work is already stored in the cloud, they can jump back into projects immediately, as if they never left their old device.

The post from Google, IHS estimates that large enterprises lose up to $60 per year with IT downtime.  The Chromebook Grab and Go program aims to throttle that back by having devices always available for workers when their primary laptop is down.

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Prime Day – ASUS C302 Flip Chromebook Down to $449

Asus Chromebook C302

As part of the Amazon Prime Day sales, you can now pick up the excellent ASUS C302 Flip Chromebook for $449.  That’s a savings of $50 off the regular price.  That’s for the well appointed Intel m3 model that comes with 64GB of storage.  If you want to pick up the faster Intel m5 model, that’s on sale too for $599, a savings of $49.

The Asus Chromebook C302 has a 12.5″ display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080.  It has an Intel Core M processor clocked at 2.2 GHz so it has a lot of horsepower under the hood.  Couple this with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of storage, you have a Chromebook that can handle being your every day computer needs.

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