CES 2022: Acer announce new Chromebook Spin 513 with MediaTek Kompanio 1380, plus Chromebook 315 & Chromebook 314

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CES officially starts on the 5th, with many exciting announcements coming the day before. Acer is one of the companies getting some announcements out extra early.

Today they have announced three new updated Chromebooks.

Highlights:

  • The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-2H) boosts productivity on-the-go with a sleek, convertible design, 13.5-inch VertiView display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, long battery life and exceptional performance—powered by the octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 1380 processor
  • The Acer Chromebook 315 (CB315-4H/T) expands the company’s extensive collection of large-screen offerings; includes 15.6-inch anti-glare FHD display and numeric keypad
  • The Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-3H/T) is a portable device with a 14-inch FHD display, featuring the latest Intel processors and an OceanGlass Touchpad
  • All three Chromebooks deliver the latest audio and video technologies so multi-tasking families, students and hybrid workers can stay productive, entertained and connected

Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with MediaTek Kompanio 1380 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 513
Acer Spin 513 from last year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c

The most interesting of the three is the new Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with the MediaTek Kompanio 1380. At the time of writing, this chipset has not been announced nor can I find any references to it online. I have an early press release, so it could be inaccurate.

Currently, the Kompanio 1300T is the top tablet chipset from MediaTek which is a 6nm chipset with 4x Cortex-A78 cores plus 4x Cortex-A55 and a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.

If the Kompanio 1380 has a similar specification, it should be a significant upgrade to the existing Acer Spin 513, which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c with a specification of:

  • 8nm
  • 2x Kryo 468 Gold (Arm Cortex A76)@ 2.4GHz
  • 6x Kryo 468 Silver (Arm Cortex A55) @ 1.8Ghz?
  • Qualcomm Adreno 618

The laptop then has a 13.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio with a resolution of 2256×1504 giving you 18% more vertical resolution than standard aspect ratio.  The older Spin 512 used a 13.3″ display with 1920 x 1080.

The laptop has also been upgraded to use the latest WiFi 6 standard but it looks like they have dropped the number of USB ports down to just one USB-C.

Price and Availability

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-2H) will be available in North America in June 2022 starting at USD 599.99; and in EMEA in April 2022 starting at EUR 649.

UK availability will be in June for a price of £599. The older Qualcomm equipped Spin 513 is available for around £400.

Acer Chromebook 315—Large 15.6-inch Anti-Glare Display and OceanGlass Touchpad

Acer builds on its position as the industry leader in large-screen Chromebooks with the Acer Chromebook 315 (CB315-4H/T), bringing an affordable option to users seeking a device for smooth and effortless multitasking. This portable device keeps users connected, engaged and entertained from different areas of their home—or even while outdoors. The Chromebook 315’s huge FHD IPS15.6-inch display is anti-glare, so it can be enjoyed on the patio, balcony or garden as well as throughout the home and office. Plus, an optional touch-screen display allows for easy navigation, while the large keyboard has room for a dedicated numeric keypad, a bonus when working on home finances and schoolwork.

Complementing the display’s extra real-estate, the Chromebook 315 includes technology for clear and reliable video conferences. Hybrid workers and students will be seen and heard thanks to a wide field-of-view HDR webcam with flare-reducing technology and a pair of integrated microphones. DTS Audio delivers rich sound with deeper bass, ideal for video calls as well as enjoying games or streamed content, while the latest Intel® processors and Wi-Fi 6 for reliable performance and connectivity. Users will also appreciate two USB Gen 2 Type-C ports, one on each side, and the ability to easily transfer video and photos thanks to a MicroSD card reader.

The Acer Chromebook 315 features a unique eco-friendly OceanGlass touchpad which is made entirely out of ocean-bound plastic waste that has been recycled into a glass-like texture, giving it sleek and responsive tactile feedback, contributing to the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook 315 (CB315-4H/T) will be available in North America in January 2022 starting at USD 299.99; and in EMEA in late Q1 2022 starting at EUR 399.

UK June – From £299

Acer Chromebook 314—Budget-friendly and Portable with an OceanGlass Touchpad

Designed for students and families with school-age children, the Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-3H/T) is powered by the latest Intel processors for solid everyday performance and features MIL-STD 810H durability. Users can expect up to 10-hours of battery life, plenty long enough to make it through the entire school-day, while Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) provides connectivity speeds up to 3x faster than Wi-Fi 5.

The Chromebook’s 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display[ features an anti-glare coating so it can be used even in brighter lighting conditions, while its narrow 8.1 mm side bezels further keep the focus on the visuals and contribute to the Chromebook’s compact size. Users can navigate Chrome OS via the optional multi-touch display, or by using the OceanGlasstouchpad that delivers a sleek touch experience and contributes to the reduction of ocean-bound plastic waste.

The Chromebook 314 provides an excellent remote-learning experience with two built-in microphones and a flare-reducing webcam with temporal noise reduction (TNR) technology for better video quality in low-light conditions. DTS Audio delivers full, high-quality, distortion-free sound. A pair of USB Type-C ports completes the packaging, offering users a convenient means to connect to a wide variety of peripherals.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-3H/T) will be available in North America in June 2022 starting at USD 299; and in EMEA in April 2022 starting at EUR 369.

UK June – From £349

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