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Acer may be preparing to launch its second Chromebook soon. French blogger Pierre Lecourt has published the first pictures of an upcoming Acer laptop running Google’s Chrome operating system. It’s called the Acer AC710 Chromebook, and the laptop has a familiar design.

Update: Google has officially introduced the new notebook as the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook, featuring an Intel Core processor, 320GB hard drive, and 3.5 hours of battery life.

Acer AC710

That’s because it looks virtually identical to the Acer Aspire V5-171 notebook I reviewed this summer. The key difference is that the V5 laptop runs Windows, and the AC710 has a Chrome logo on the lid and runs Chrome OS software.

Honestly, that’s about all we know at this point.

While the Acer Aspire V5-171 notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge Processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, it’s not clear if the Acer AC710 Chromebook will have any of those features.

Acer’s first Chromebook, the AC700, shipped with an Intel Atom processor. And Samsung’s latest Chromebooks come with Intel Celeron 877 or Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM-based processors.

It’s nice to think that Acer’s next Chromebook will have a speedy processor or more RAM than earlier models. But Samsung has demonstrated that even an inexpensive ARM-based processor can get the job done. And one thing we’re unlikely to see from the new model is a massive hard drive. Google has been pretty insistent that Chromebooks should have small, but reasonably fast solid state disks.

There’s no word on when the Acer AC710 will launch or how much it will cost.

You can find more photos of the AC710 at MiniMachines.net. And if you’re looking for confirmation that the upcoming Chromebook will have the same case as the Acer Aspire V5-171, you can already pick up a spare LCD screen or bezel from parts distributors.

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4 replies on “Acer AC710 Chromebook on the way”

  1. 3.5 hours battery life – big mistake as schools aren’t going to buy this with 3.5hrs battery life.

  2. Glad to see Acer still have an interest in Chrome OS! Didn’t really think much of their first Chromebook. Hopefully, this is priced competitively against not just the ARM Chromebook but any other i5 powered device (Obviously “bloatware” makes Windows-powered machines cheaper, however.

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