Asus launched its first Chrome OS device this year: the $180 Asus Chromebox. It’s a tiny, affordable desktop computer with a Celeron CPU that’s a surprisingly capable device for the price. An even more powerful model with a Core i3 Haswell CPU should be available any day now.
Now Asus is getting ready to expand its line of Chrome devices with two new laptops. We already knew the Asus C200 and C300 Chromebooks were on the way. But now that retail shops are starting to list the devices, we have a better idea of what kind of hardware to expect.
Asus C200 Chromebook – $249
The Asus C200 is an 11.6 inch laptop with a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It’s powered by an Intel Celeron N2830 processor, a Bay Trail chip that has a maximum TDP of 7.5 watts. That would help explain why Asus promises “all-day battery life.”
I’ve seen a variety of prices for this model, but it looks like the suggested retail price is about $249.
Asus C300 Chromebook – $350ish
Asus will also offer a model with a larger, 13.3 inch display, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
This model sports the same Celeron N2830 processor as the smaller Chromebook, but seems to have a higher price tag with most stores listing the Asus C300 Chromebook for between $330 and $360.
It’s not clear if this model will have a higher-resolution display, but the higher price tag seems to suggest that a full HD screen could be a possibility (or maybe Asus is just charging a premium for the extra RAM and storage).