Friday, 2 June 2017

Asus unveils consumer-oriented Chromebook Flip C101, education-focused Chromebook Flip C213NA

Asus at Computex 2017, Taipei unveiled two new budget convertible Chromebooks: Chromebook Flip C101 and Chromebook Flip C213NA. Both convertible have a 360-degree hinge, that lets you fold the screen all the way back to transform the notebook into a tablet or stand or tent.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is a follow up to the Chromebook Flip C100, which was released in 2015. It sports the same design as its predecessor, and also includes the 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel touch screen display. 

But there are two major upgrades. The new model is equipped with a slightly faster six-core Rockchip RK3399 processor instead of quad-core RK3288 chip. Also its gets two USB Type-C ports, instead of two USB 2.0 Type-A ports. However, there's a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a headphone jack and microSD card slot. It will also have Google Play Store and support for Android apps.

It is expected to to ship soon, for around the same price as its predecessor, which is $300 or less, and will be offered with the option of 2GB or 3GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. 

The Asus Chromebook Flip C213NA on the other hand is aimed at education market. It sports a rugged design to withstand daily classroom abuse, and comes with spill resistant keyboard.

It features 11.6 1600 x 900 pixel display and is powered by Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Other features include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-C ports, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a headphone jack, a microphone, microSD card reader and stereo speakers.

It comes with two camera, one a front facing, and the other built into the top of the keyboard part. This camera can be used when you use the convertible in tent mode, so the screen in facing you and the camera is facing away, allowing you to record lecture.

There is no word on pricing and availability details.

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