Whereas Acer was going large with its new Chromebook announcement this week, Asus is staying versatile with its launch of a pair of Chromebooks that look to seize a bit of the 2-in-1 phase of the rising laptop computer market.
We had a primary inkling of the brand new hybrid gadgets again in January, although the leaked data on the time pointed to a single Chromebook Flip CM3000 pill with a removable keyboard. It seems now that there’s a Flip CM3 in addition to a Removable CM3, the latter of which possesses the specs initially leaked for the Flip CM3000.
Because the names recommend, the Chromebooks deal with their hybrid-ness (hybridicity?) in barely alternative ways to fulfill the distinct wants of potential patrons. With the Flip CM3, Asus supplies a laptop computer with a 360-degree hinge that permits it to change from a standard laptop computer to pill mode, tent mode, and even fully flat mode. What the 12-inch touchscreen lacks in decision (1,366×912), it makes up for in viewing house in portrait mode because of slender bezels and a 3:2 side ration.
The low-res show is indicative of the modest specs of the Flip CM3, which is constructed round a MediaTek 8183 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. A microSD slot permits the person so as to add further storage capability, becoming a member of a pair of USB 2.0 ports as I/O connections. Assist for the USI-compatible Asus Pen is built-in, however the stylus is an optionally available accent that will add to the $329 worth for the Flip CM3.
With the Removable CM3, Asus clearly has the Lenovo Chromebook Duet in its sights, although its $350 price ticket is larger than its competitor. Just like the Lenovo, the Removable CM3 is predicated round a 1,920×1,200 pill with a keyboard that attaches to the slate magnetically. Sharing the identical processor because the Flip CM3, the Removable CM3 additionally comes with 4GB of RAM however provides a 128GB storage choice to the bottom 64GB drive.
For the added expense, you do get a barely bigger show (10.5 inches vs 10.1 inches) together with an included stylus, however you must pay additional for the keyboard. (Compared, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet with 128GB of storage and included keyboard is presently on sale at Greatest Purchase for $249.) The keyboard does present six levels of flexibility so it is not mendacity flat on a floor whereas the pill’s stand provides 90 levels of flexibility to permit the machine for use at quite a lot of viewing angles.