Acer plans to add at least two more Chrome OS laptops to its lineup this year, and both will use low-power processors to offer long battery life.

The Acer C730 features an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor while the Acer CB5 sports an NVIDIA Tegra K1 ARM-based chip.

acer c730 and acer cb5

We’ve seen clues that these notebooks were in the works, but now more details are available thanks to an Acer 2014 business solutions brochure. It also mentions Acer’s first Chromebox, which should also launch in the second half of 2014.

Update: Acer seems to have removed mentions of the CB5 and C730 Chromebooks from the product brochure. 

Here’s what to expect from the new laptops when they launch later this year:

Acer CB5 Chromebook

This model features NVIDIA’s ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor with 192-core graphics. It will be available with 2GB to 4GB of RAM and 16GB to 32GB of storage.

Acer is outfitting this laptop with a 13.3 inch display and will offer models with 1366 x 768 pixel and 1920 x 1080 pixel screens.

Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a 48Whr battery which will offer up to 14 hours of run time on the model with the HD screen or 12 hours of battery life if you get the version with the full HD display.

It has an HDMI port and Acer will offer accessories including USB-to-LAN and HDMI-toVGA adapters.

The Acer CB5 Chromebook measures about 12.9″ x 9″ x 0.7″ and weighs 3.3 pounds. It’s not the smallest or lightest Chrome OS laptop around, but it might just offer longer battery life than any other model.

Acer C730 Chromebook

Acer has offered a number of Chromebooks with Intel Celeron processors, but up until now they’ve all featured chips based on Ivy Bridge or Haswell technology. The new Acer C730 Chromebook will come with a choice of Bay Trail chips.

There will be models with Intel Celeron N2830 or N2930 processors, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage.

All models will have the same 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, Intel HD graphics, 802.11ac WiFi, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, and HDMI output.

Like the Haswell-based Acer C720 Chromebook, these new models should get around 8 hours of battery life. But they’ll do that with a smaller, 36 Whr battery pack (the Acer C720 has a 45 Whr battery).

The Acer C730 Chromebook measures 11.9″ x 8.1″ x 0.86″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

via Mobile Geeks



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14 replies on “Acer C730, CB5 Chromebooks feature Bay Trail, NVIDA Tegra chips”

  1. That Tegra mdoel with the HD display and 12 hours of battery sounds interesting. Wonder how fast it will run.

  2. “The Acer C730 Chromebook measures 11.9″ x 8.1″ x 0.86″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds.”

    I don’t understand. The new 730 has the same size screen as the 720. It uses a smaller battery. But it weighs more than the old 720?

  3. now the fact there is a 1080p option for the Tegra K1 one makes me more interested, im still going to buy the Samsung Chromebook 2 because the Tegra K1 looks like ass aesthetically, but yeah

    1. Why Chromebook 2? Baytrail is fanless, cheaper and scores higher in all benchmarks. If you are concerned with aesthetics, go big and buy apple.

      1. I want a Chromebook, i want an ARM One and im upgrading from my XE303, so i want to chose between the CB2 or the CB5-311

  4. I always thought the higher number in model names mean it’s better than the lower number one. The C730 is heaver and slower than the C720. Based on the pictures, it also looks uglier. 802.1ac is an upgrade though. I assume it’s fanless now.

  5. As long as I can put Linux Mint on one, might be useful. Chrome OS is ridiculous.

    1. It would be nice if Ubuntu or Red Hat could get someone to produce a Chromebox like device with regular LInux and a little larger SSD (although 16GB would probably work for most people).

  6. I don’t know with the battery life and chrome getting android apps I’d rather go with the Tegra K1 then the BayTrail model in this case.

  7. It looks like Samsung has discontinued their Chromebox. But in addition to Asus, HP also offers one.

  8. Oh boy, another 11 inch Chromebook! Like there weren’t enough of those. Honestly, there should be more 12-inchers on the market. They’re perfect for travel, and not so small that you have to hold the laptop directly in front of your face to use it.

  9. I love my C720. The C730 doesn’t seem like much of a step up (and I’ve heard plenty of negatives regarding the Bay Trail processors). The Tegra device sounds interesting, but I don’t get why they insisted on making this device white. Dirt magnet anyone? I thought that the tech world had wised up and moved away from white hardware back in the ’90s. 7 years from now, these will be grimy and yellowed (and admittedly probably replaced with newer models, but still . . .).

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