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Acer plans to launch the first Chrome OS laptop powered by an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor by the end of the year. While the company hasn’t shared many details about the upcoming device, China Times reports it’s expected to sell for about $349.

According to the Chinese news site, Acer will also launch a few other Chromebook models by the end of 2014, continuing to flesh out the company’s line of inexpensive laptops running Google’s browser-based operating system.

acer core i3 chromebook

Up until now the only Chromebook to feature an Intel Core processor has been the Google Chromebook Pixel, which has a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and a hefty $1299 price tag.

Acer’s current line of Chromebooks are much cheaper, with starting prices as low as $199 (or even less if you don’t mind buying a refurbished model). The latest Acer C720 Chromebooks feature 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, Intel Celeron 2955U processors, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. There’s also a model with a touchscreen display.

The new Core i3 model will have a faster CPU, but other specs will likely remain the same. Acer has said the upcoming Chromebook will have the same chassis as the C720 series, which means we can probably expect an 11.6 inch screen, a chiclet-style keyboard, and a weight of under 3 pounds.

via /r/chromeos

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16 replies on “Report: Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook to cost $349”

  1. Can’t print; can’t print; can’t print; can’t print.
    Did I mention that you CAN’T PRINT from your very own computer?

    Pawn Stars has it all wrong: a brick is worth something

      1. Everybody, and that means EVERYBODY who wants–and NEEDS, if you are even laughingly considering a Chromebook–must read the information contained in this Google hyperlink provided by Al (thanks, Al; you get an up-vote).
        In a nutshell: you can not only NOT print to any of the printers you (and your friends) have spent BIG bucks for, but you’ll have to buy a NEW, Google-specific printer.
        What if you can’t get a Google-cloud printer with the specs you need?
        As the saying goes: bend over, firmly grasp your ankles, bend your neck as far as it will go, pucker up, and kiss your ass good-bye.

        Anyone see a pattern here?

        I need a scanner…
        I need a tablet input…
        I need to do DVD and TV video work…

        Perhaps what I really need is a real computer.

        @Penn Taylor:
        Your solution to a SH*T product speaks volumes for your lack of any logic whatever:
        “Don’t like the product? Let’s talk about something else”.

        I always love responses such as yours, because you don’t have the good sense to realize you’re making my point for me.

        I particularly liked your “…Dark Lords at Google…”simile.
        Keep’em coming, Taylor…

        1. you are one dumb motherfucking windows fanboy. these aren’t meant for that, if you need those things just buy a motherfucking windows laptop or a mac. you could even install linux on one of these and get the same functionality.

          1. …I love it when you whisper sweet nothings in my ear like this…

        2. Nowhere does that link say you have to buy a Cloud Ready printer. It does, however, say: “Classic Printers connect to the Internet through a laptop or PC, and register with Google Cloud Print using a feature of Google Chrome.” In other words, you set up a print server. Simple.

          My solution to something I view as a crap product is to not purchase it. We’re not dealing with a dangerous product, or a grossly misleading advertising campaign — situations that might excuse the sort of strident, boorish behavior you display here. Instead, we’re talking about a product that doesn’t do exactly what *you* think it ought to do. There’s a very simple, logical response to that situation: don’t buy one. If you really feel compelled to comment, please don’t bring the sort harsh negativity and incivility that plagues other tech blogs onto Liliputing. It has historically been relatively free of this, and it’s disappointing that you’re choosing to spew this sort of trash across an otherwise informative and pleasant blog.

    1. You don’t like Chromebooks. Great. We get it. Do you really need to post the same diatribe on every Chromebook-related post on Liliputing?

      Instead of feeling driven to post negative comments that are only barely related to the topic of the article, you could just IGNORE all the articles about Chromebooks. No one is cramming them down your throat — not even the Dark Lords at Google.

  2. Watch them still not put 4GB of RAM in the thing. Upgrade to an i3 and push it out with 2GB… please I hope not, but I have a feeling they are going to do it.

  3. This might be a hard sell next to a identical looking current C720 for $150 less.

    1. True… CPU performance would be less of a reason to choose it with the Chrome OS, but some people may want it for the equivalent of getting a barebones system…

      Mind the type that want to avoid paying for Windows and would just throw a GNU/Linux distro on it… and if they have some spare RAM and a SSD or even a HDD they can upgrade it for very little…

      Though, probably a very niche market… but there are also those who may want a system that would still provide good performance a few years later and not want to upgrade every year or two…

      1. I do agree, as I would like to run Ubuntu on it as well. But for the average consumer this might be a hard sell for something that is not readily apparent as a upgraded feature.

    2. True. The Haswell Celeron does a decent job. Don’t think you’ll see much of performance bump for $150.

    3. The core i3 has much better graphics too, which might make rendering faster. Lack of specs means we don’t know how it will handle an external display with 2560×1600 or 4K. It will be interesting to see them perform side by side in the store so we can really see if the difference is worth the extra $.

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