There are two types of processors that you’ll find in a standard Chromebook, either a Samsung processor or one of two Intel processors. As of today however there’s a third contender in the mix as Acer and NVidia have announced the Chromebook 13 with Tegra K1 processor, a pretty high-end mobile chip that offers some top-of the range gaming capabilities, which begs the question, why has it been stuffed into a Chromebook?
The Chromebook 13 comes in two screen options, the first; a 1366 x 768 display and the second; a full HD, 1920 x 1080 display. The lower resolution version, priced at $279, comes with the standard 16GB storage and 2GB RAM but for $20 more you can get it in full HD with all the same gubbins inside. If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a kick and a little more local storage, for $379 you’ll be able to grab the full HD screen complete with 32GB SSD and 4GB of RAM.
Now, the benefits of the Tegra K1 aren’t what you might think in this Chromebook, of course, you’re not going to be using it for gaming, so instead the chip works at making the battery last a lot longer. The lower resolution model is said to last upto 13 hours on a single charge, and the HD model is said to last 11. Of course there is a noticeable performance boost too as well as being able to handle more graphically, which is a plus.
The Chromebook 3 also boasts an all-new look too with an off-white chassis measuring at 18mm thick and weighing 3.31 pounds it’s one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market, it’s also completely fan-less like Samsung’s Chromebook thanks to NVidia’s architecture. As for inputs it also has room for two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Also, the size – 13-inches – offers a much more comfortable keyboard and a larger trackpad.
Acer and Nvidia are yet to announce UK availability, but Acer have revealed that the Chromebook 13 is available for preorder from Acer starting today, with shipments expected for September.