CES 2022: Acer's latest trio of Chromebooks includes one with a flagship MediaTek processor

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The caller Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is the archetypal Chromebook to beryllium powered by MediaTek's caller octa-core flagship SoC, the Kompanio 1380.


The caller Acer Chromebook Spin 513, powered by the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC.

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Acer announced 3 caller Chromebook models astatine CES 2022, and portion each person imaginable concern applications, it's the Chromebook Spin 513 that's attracting each the attraction acknowledgment to the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC astatine its core. 

The eight-core Kompanio 1380 is MediaTek's flagship SoC, and the Spin 513 marks the archetypal clip it has been built into a Chromebook. MediaTek offers 3 antithetic levels of Kompanio chips, 500, 800 and 1000, and its 500 and 800 bid chips person powered respective Chromebooks from antithetic manufacturers. 

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MediaTek teased a 1200 bid Kompanio successful precocious 2021, which it said was designed to rival Intel i3 chips. At the aforesaid time, MediaTek said its adjacent level of flagship chips would perchance rival the i7 bid from Intel, though it's unclear whether oregon not the 1380 included successful the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is the spot successful question.

Acer's caller CES 2022 Chromebooks

The archetypal caller Chromebook, mentioned and pictured above, is the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, a two-in-one with a touchscreen and the aforementioned MediaTek Kompanio 1380. In addition, the Spin 513 sports a 13.5" show and reduced bezel size, meets MIL-STD 810H for durability (though it's not wide which tests it passes), supports Wi-Fi 6, has an array of ports and gets a reported 10 hours of artillery life.

The 513's biggest selling constituent is its Kompanio 1380 SoC and its terms constituent somewhat beneath the Chromebook Spin 713, which could beryllium considered the Intel-powered mentation of the aforesaid instrumentality successful a batch of antithetic ways, including its design. If you're funny successful buying an Acer Chromebook Spin 513 you tin bash truthful successful June 2022 successful North America, starting astatine $599.99, and successful EMEA successful April 2022 starting astatine €649.

The 2nd of the caller Chromebooks that Acer unveiled astatine CES 2022 is the Acer Chromebook 315. The 315 has a 15.6" screen, which makes it large capable that its keyboard tin person a afloat fig pad. That's a large selling constituent for professionals who privation a mobile workstation but don't privation to suffer the fig pad connected a desktop oregon ample Windows laptop. 

According to Acer, the Intel-powered Chromebook 315 besides has exertion successful it that makes "for wide and reliable video conferences," including a wide FoV HDR webcam with flare simplification and dual microphones. It besides has an optional multi-touch show and up to 10 hours of artillery life, making it an perfect prime for staying mobile without sacrificing surface existent estate.

For those who privation to beryllium eco conscious astir their purchase, the touchpad whitethorn beryllium a selling point, too: It's made of OceanGlass, a integrative composite made from ocean-bound integrative discarded that is recycled to springiness it what Acer describes arsenic "a glass-like texture."

The Acer Chromebook 315 volition spell connected merchantability successful North America successful January 2022 starting astatine $299.99, and volition beryllium disposable successful EMEA successful "late Q1 2022" starting astatine €399.

The 3rd of 3 Chromebooks Acer showed disconnected astatine CES, but successful nary mode the least, is the Acer Chromebook 314. Acer calls this exemplary its "budget-friendly and portable" Chromebook perfect for students and families with school-aged children, but it's successful nary mode unsuited for concern use. 

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Like the Spin 513, the 314 vaguely features "MIL-STD 810H durability," and is an Intel instrumentality with up to 10 hours of artillery life. It besides has an optional multi-touch screen, OceanGlass trackpad and galore of the different features included successful the 315, but with a smaller 14" display. 

Acer besides mentioned an endeavor mentation of the 314 successful its CES promotional material, but made nary notation of abstracted specs oregon what features the endeavor exemplary has that the modular Acer Chromebook 314 lacks. If previous years Acer-designed endeavor Chromebooks are thing to spell on, zero-touch enrollment and different features Acer includes successful its endeavor Chromebook offerings are apt the cardinal difference.

The Acer Chromebook 314 volition spell connected merchantability successful North America successful June starting astatine $299.99, and successful EMEA successful April 2022 starting astatine €369. It's chartless if the endeavor exemplary volition beryllium priced differently. 

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