Acer Chromebook 11 is a Bay Trail-powered laptop

Acer is expanding its Chromebook family with a new model featuring an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor.

The Acer Chromebook 11 showed up in a product brochure in July and now Acer has posted a promotional video for the laptop which describes it as having the “best value,” although the company hasn’t yet unveiled the price.

According to Acer the new Chromebook gets up to 8.5 hours of battery life and features 802.11ac WiFi.

The new 11.6 inch laptop joins Acer’s existing 720 Chromebook series models which feature Celeron 2955U or Core i3 Haswell chips and a $199 starting price and the recently launched Chromebook 13 which features an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, a 13 inch screen, and a starting price of $299.

The new model is expected to be one of the most affordable of the bunch, and according to specs we’d previously seen it will likely feature 2GB to 4GB of RAM, 16GB to 32GB of storage, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a 36Whr battery, and either an Intel Celeron N2830 or Celeron N2930 processor.

The Acer Chromebook 11 is expected to measure 11.9″ x 8.1″ x 0.86″ and weigh about 3.1 pounds.

via Notebook Italia

  • Darren Enns

    N2930 is faster than a 2955U (right?), so this might be interesting! Curious how this would compare quality (e.g. screen) and price to the C720. Also assuming that (like the C720) alternate Linux distros would be a option…

    • Dr.Mefityiszto

      N2930 is faster than a 2955U? It is actually fastest Atom vs. slowest Core – I don’t quite know how they compare, but this is an interesting question.

      Passmark is 1555 (2995U), vs 1711 (Atom).

      • Darren Enns

        Yea, I just did a quick scan of Geekbench numbers for both. The N2830, on the other hand, is quite a bit slower than the 2955U :(

        I wonder if this is the C730 model that I have seen previous mention of?

    • CyberGusa

      It’s not really faster but quad core vs dual core gives it a edge as long as processing isn’t limited to single thread… and it’s still more power efficient and generates less heat…

      While the N2830 is a dual core and thus has no multi-threading advantage to the also dual core 2955U…

  • Ben Garner

    They’re really pushing the “best value” thing in that video. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a computer advertised using that phrase. Does that mean that it will be the cheapest Chromebook to date with corner-cutting measures or that it has good features for a price that is lower than that of other Chromebooks of that range? At the grocery store “best value” usually means “buy a bigger, more expensive box with more with a better price per unit weight”.

  • Kory Arthur
    • Darren Enns

      Hmmm…I only see the Tegra K1 models on that page (?). Those are interesting as well, but not the full Linux distro potential as the x86 models.

      • Boltforge

        The Jetson TK1 board runs on an Ubuntu based Linux. https://developer.nvidia.com/linux-tegra-rel-19 So I would guess that the Tegra K1 model “should” be able to run a normal Linux distro using nVidia’s drivers.

      • Darren Enns

        That’s good to know :) In my case, though, I prefer LMDE, which only runs on x86 :(

      • Boltforge

        What would be awesome is a Linux distro on a K1 tablet.