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Acer Chromebook 13 with Tegra K1 chip gets a £219 UK price tag

Will go on sale later this month
Tue Aug 12 2014, 12:55

ACER HAS ANNOUNCED the Chromebook 13, the first Chromebook that will arrive powered by Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 processor.

The Acer Chromebook 13's Tegra K1 chip means it boasts better battery life than competing Chromebooks at 13 hours, according to the firm. However, it's worth noting that this is for the lower resolution version of the tablet which touts a 1366x768 resolution display, with the laptop also to be made available in a version with a 1920x1080 resolution full HD screen that offers 11 hour battery life.

Acer Chromebook 13 with Tegra K1

The Tegra K1 chip inside it, Nvidia boasts, also means that the Acer Chromebook 13 is "completely silent" and handles multitasking better than rival devices.

Nvidia said in a blog post, "People rarely use computers for just one thing at a time. We might be browsing multiple websites while streaming audio and running productivity apps. Tegra K1's quad-core CPU has more cores available than the majority of Chromebook processors, so you can run all your favorite tasks without missing a beat."

Beyond its Nvidia processor, the Acer Chromebook 13 features a redesigned casing that measures 17mm thick and weighs 1.5kg. This encases the laptop's full keyboard and trackpad, along with two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.

Acer said that the Chromebook will be available to pre-order from US retailers Amazon and Best Buy later today. The low-resolution model will sell for $279 with a 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, and the HD 1080p model will be available for $299. A high-resolution model with a 32GB SSD and 4GB of RAM will be available for $379.

The laptop will be available to order in the UK later this month, with prices starting from £219, Acer has confirmed. The firm's Haswell-powered Chromebook, the C720p, is available in the UK for £199.

The launch of the Acer Chromebook 13 follows a report from Gartner which claims the Chromebook sales will top 5.2 million in 2014. µ


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