The new Asus ExpertBook CX54 Chromebook Plus Enterprise (CX5403) should be available in 2024.
Asus doesn’t actually say when the laptop will be available, but Intel’s 14th-gen U-series chips aren’t expected to ship until early next year, so it’s a safe bet that this Chromebook won’t be available until then.
Intel’s Meteor Lake-U chips are 15-watt processors that combine 2 Performance CPU cores with 8 Efficiency cores and 2 Low-Power Efficiency cores. The chips also feature integrated graphics with 4 Intel Xe cores a neural processing unit for hardware-accelerated AI features.
While the processor options are the main thing that make the ExpertBook CX54 stand out from other premium Chromebooks, it also has some other decent specs, including a 14 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display with up to 500 nits brightness, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a set of ports that includes:
- 2 x Thunderbolt 4
- 1 x HDMI 2.1
- 2 x USB Type-A
- 1 x microSD card reader
Wireless capabilities include support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and the Chromebook has a 63 Wh battery, stereo speakers with Harman Kardon certification, dual microphones, and a backlit keyboard.
Asus says the Chromebook can support up to three 4K displays, features an all-metal ,MIL-STD-810H tested body that measures less than 17mm (0.66 inches) thick, and the laptop comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5X-6400 memory and a 512GB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD.
Lower-priced models will also be available with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB PCIe 3.0 SSD or 256GB PCIe 4.0 SSD, and Intel Core Ultra 5 125U, Core Ultra 5 135U or Core Ultra 7 155U processor options.