Today, at IFA in Berlin, Acer unveiled its first convertible Chromebook and updated the Windows counterpart, which gets 6th-generation Intel Core processors and USB 3.1 Type-C port. The two computers join a surprising assortment of new gear, including gaming notebooks and tablets and smartphones.
The Chromebook R 11 Convertible comes in consumer and commercial models. Base specs: 11-6.-inch display (1366 x 768 resolution); 1.6GHz Intel N3150 or N3050 Celeron processor; 2GB or 4GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB SSD; Intel HD graphics; webcam; USB 3; WiFi N; and Chrome OS. Weighs 1.25kg (2.76 pounds). There are four modes of operation, depending on positioning: display, laptop, pad, and tent.
The Aspire R 13 Convertible offers superior hardware by many measures. Base specs: 13.3-inch display, with either 2560 x 1440 or 1920 x 1080 resolution; 2.3GHz i5 6200U or 2.5GHz Core i7 6500U processor; 4GB or 8GB memory; 256GB to 1TB storage; Intel HD Graphics 520; webcam; USB Type-C; Wifi N; and Windows 10 64-bit. Weighs 1.6kg (3.53 pounds). Battery life 8 to 10 hours, depending on model.
The R 11 goes on sale next month in the United States, starting at $299. Everyone else can buy in November, when prices will start at €299. The R 13 will be available in October with prices starting at $899 here and €1,099 across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.