Acer Announces New Rugged Chromebook, 24-inch Chromebase And New Iconia One 8 Tablet


Meet Acer’s new devices, hot off of CES

Acer has announced new products out of the gate at CES, and two of them run Google’s Chrome operating system. First off, the company has unveiled a new, ruggedized Chromebook, a low-tier notebook that has been built to withstand the abuses of daily use. The new Chromebook slots nicely in the 11-inch line of the portable, Chrome OS powered family and sports an 11.6 inch 1,366 x 768 display, Intel’s Celeron processor along with two configs: a 2GB RAM/16GB ROM offering or a much higher end 4GB RAM/32GB ROM.

The new Chromebook is decked out with a plastic and aluminum body that the company says is capable of withstanding 133 pounds of force exerted on the cover – which means that the little notebook can take an accidental sitting without any ill effects. Acer also says that it’ll survive a two feet drop, which is good when you’re a born klutz. The new Chromebook, which carries a CB3-131 model number, is priced at $179.99, or around Php 8.4K.


The 24-inch Chromebase, on the other hand, is touted as the world’s biggest Chrome OS-powered device, and we believe them. Packing a 23.8-inch full HD display and a choice between multiple Intel Core processors, the Chromebase 24 can be had in a config that has up to 8GB of RAM. Users can also opt for the 10-point touchscreen model if they’re so inclined, and Acer is including four microphones along with a tilting webcam as standard for the Chromebase 24. No price has been set as of yet for this model.


Finally, the budget Iconia One 8 tablet comes with modest specs for the budget minded: an unspecified quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an 8-inch display. A 5-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front camera and Android 5.1 Lollipop round out the specs. No price has been set for this tablet either.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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