Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Google outs two new education-focused convertible Chromebooks

Google for Education has announced two new rugged convertible Chromebooks designed for education market ― Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and Asus Chromebook C213― boasting stylus input support and world facing or "rear camera".

Both Chromebooks sports 11.6-inch touchscreen (1366 x 768 pixels) display, an affordable Wacom Styluses for note-taking or drawing, with "eraser" function to correct digital mistakes. There's also a 360 degree hinge that will allow students to use the convertible in laptop, tablet, stand or tent mode.

Google is bringing support for handwriting recognition to Chrome OS to support pen input, using machine learning to improve text recognition. Some apps like Google Keep will also support optical character recognition, allowing you to search for notes without first converting handwriting to text.

The Chromebook Spin 11 has 2 x Acer HD wide view HDR webcams including a 1MP camera above the display, and an 5MP camera above the keyboard which can be used in tablet mode. It includes 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 2 x USB Type-A 3.0 ports and a microSD card slot.

Acer will offer the Chromebook Spin 11 in multiple configurations featuring - dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 or quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor; 4GB or 8GB RAM' and 32GB or 64GB eMMC flash storage options.  It has a MIL-STD 810G compliant case that’s been tested for durability and promises battery life of up to 10 hours. It will also ship with Google Play Store and Android apps.


The Asus Chromebook C213 supports USB Type-C, Android apps, Google Plays Store and can run for up to 12 hours,. Unfortunately the detailed configuration is not known.

Both Chromebooks will be arriving in the US late spring. 


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