Acer teases an upcoming Chromebook with a Core i3 CPU

Acer plans to launch a new Chromebook this year which it says will have the most powerful CPU available in a Chrome laptop. The upcoming model will feature an Intel Core i3 Haswell CPU.

acer core i3 chromebook

Other details are scarce, but Acer says the new model will have the same chassis as the company’s existing Acer C720 line of 11.6 inch Chromebooks.

In other words, don’t be surprised if the Core i3 model is faster… but continues to have a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a non-removable battery and other limitations that affect the company’s current line of Chromebooks. For the right price, it might be easy to overlook those shortcoming though.

Up until now, the only Chrome laptop to feature an Intel Core series processor has been the $1299 Google Chromebook Pixel, featuring a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU.

  • DonaldKKeenan

    In other words, don’t be surprised if the Core i3 model is faster… but continues to have a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a non-removable battery and other limitations that affect the company’s current line of Chromebooks. For the right price, it might be easy to overlook those shortcoming though. http://sn.im/28uztf9

  • Peme

    1366 x 768, oh really? All these (chrome) laptops from different manufacturers designed and made specifically for browsing and online usage.. why so crappy screens? – especially so few vertical pixels, that makes browsing so painful.

    • captain irrelevant

      Well for $199 for a laptop what did you expect? You want a higher resolution go for the ultrabooks. And really, nobody’s eyes is really that sensitive. How close do you put your face to your laptop?

      • Peme

        It’s about having to scroll two pages instead of seeing the whole page at once on the screen. Makes browsing experience a lot pleasurable you know.

      • Penn Taylor

        Face at 18″ from laptop when I work. 1366×768 isn’t good enough. I’m looking forward to checking out the 13.3″ Sammy-2 in a month or so. I have a Sammy-1 as a secondary machine, and while I like the OS, the battery life, the keyboard, and many other things about the machine, the display just doesn’t cut it for use as a primary machine.

      • Low IQ

        I would reply but my screeeennnn can’t make it outttttt!

  • Chris Jackson

    I agree screens are the biggest annoyance facing laptops (even phones have gone soaring past them) IMO they have stagnated over the last 10 years at 1366×768 it is a noticeably bad resolution in some/most cases

  • Core23

    The PPI does not bother me, but please an IPS screen at least.

  • tfosorcim

    “…which it says will have the most powerful CPU available in a Chrome laptop…”

    YIPPEE!!

    Now I can have a Chromebook with the the fastest processor of ANY Chromebook, no upgrade capability, no battery-swap capability, can NOT store any of my programs and/or data, and MUST be tied to the internet at all times. Oh…I almost forgot its most important virtue: it…

    ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT PRINT FROM ANYTHING TO ANYTHING!!

    What’s not to love?

    Sounds like THE computer YOU need, right?

    • Penn Taylor

      “…can NOT store any of my programs and/or data, and MUST be tied to the internet at all times.”

      Neither of these complaints is true, despite the millions Microsoft has spent to convince people otherwise.

    • S_Deemer

      @tfosorcim : You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. I have been printing from Chromebooks for 3 years, and I have been using offline apps (including transcribing medical notes while offline in a hospital) for the same amount of time.

      A Chromebook’s most important virtue: It doesn’t run Windows! (See latest government warnings about MSIE vulnerabilities).

    • Sathya

      Have you been watching all the scroogled commercials from Microsoft? :)

      • Low IQ

        I had to show a guy in the Microsoft store how a Chromebook works, because no one told him it was marketing propaganda!… Their $249 Windows laptop could not beat my Chrome Browse time nor 7 second bootup time… it was taking so long for windows to do a cold boot I just left… Not all Windows are like this but for $1000, I would hope not also?
        a $200 Chromebook is hard to compete because Chrome O.S. is so efficient and Windows is Bloated and huge…

    • Low IQ

      What the Hell kind of Chromebook do you have? everything you listed I can do on my Chromebook even my son and he is 9 years old! WTF is your excuse?
      or maybe your a liberal and make things up in your head because actually acquiring knowledge is to much effort, so if you can’t astound us with your brilliance you then try to baffle with Bullshit!
      you must have seen to many Microsoft commercials and I have a Venue 8 Pro with Windows 8.1
      Chromebooks have value and purpose… people on the other hand for some…. not so much.

  • John

    Web browsers do not need core i3s.