As part of today's launch, Acer has announced four new Chromebooks.
The most interesting one is the new Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-2H/T) which features the octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 828 processor. At the time of writing this chipset has not been announced yet. Acer don't go into details about the exact specification.
The current MediaTek Kompanio 820 (MT8192) features:
- 4X Arm Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
- 4X Arm Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
- Arm Mali-G57 MC5
So, it will likely be a small spec bump on that.
Using an ARM-based mobile chipset allows the laptop to offer life up to 15 hours as well as being able to utilise the built in modem.
The sleek device weighs only 1.3 kg (2.87 lbs) and measures just 16.85 mm thin (0.66 inches), making it compact enough to be taken anywhere.
It should be quite affordable to with prices starting at 399 Euros or £340. Available from December.
The other announcements include:
Acer Chromebook Spin 514 – Convertible 14-inch Models for Video Conferencing On-The-Go
Featuring a compact design and 14-inch FHD display, the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) and Acer Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 were designed to provide maximum performance for productive multi-tasking and video conferencing. Powered by up to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors, the new Chromebooks are performance-minded yet run silently, utilizing a fan-less design that is ideal for shared workspaces.
The Chromebook’s 14-inch FHD IPS 14-inch display has narrow borders on all four sides, allowing for an 84% screen-to-body ratio. When video conferencing, an FHD MIPI webcam leverages a blue glass filter and noise-reduction technology to provide clearer images and reduced light flares. The device’s dual upward facing speakers flank the keyboard and combine with dual microphones to deliver a clear video conferencing experience, DTS® Audio provides high-quality surround sound, and a built-in smart amplifier enhances the Chromebook’s speakers for louder and clearer audio.
The new Chromebook Spin 514 and Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 sport a convertible design, empowering hybrid employees with the ability to choose the right form factor for each job, whether laptop, tablet, tent, or display mode. The device is also durable: it has a reinforced design with aluminum top and bottom covers and carries an MIL-STD 810H certification. Additionally, the Chromebook comes with an array of additional features, including dual USB Type-C ports, a Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad, a backlit-keyboard and reliable Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+).
Acer Chromebook 515 – Performance and Conferencing with a Large 15.6-inch Display
The Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W/T) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 continue Acer’s track-record of creating award-winning large-screen Chromebooks for customers who need a powerful device to tackle projects for work, home-use and even play. The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 is ideal for businesses utilizing cloud technology and for IT administrators to deploy, manage and secure their cloud workforce.
The new Chromebooks are powered by up to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics, plus up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe storage and up to 16 GB of RAM, delivering responsive performance and allowing the Chromebook to wake from sleep in less than a second. A huge 15.6-inch FHD IPS[[i]] display, available with optional multi-touch capability, delivers extra real-estate for multi-tasking—complemented by DTS Audio for high-quality surround sound and built-in smart amplifiers for louder, clearer audio. Advanced conferencing technology helps to keep employees connected whether working from the office or home, further enhanced by dual microphones that help user’s voices to come through clearly, while a webcam shutter protects their privacy when the video conference is done.
Boasting military-grade (U.S. MIL-STD 810H[[ii]]) durability, the Chromebook 515 and Chromebook Enterprise 515 have an aluminum top cover and a reinforced design that is both protective and stylish. A smooth Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad ensures that tapping, swiping and scrolling are smooth and accurate, while a numeric keypad further enhances its backlit keyboard.
Additionally, these new 15.6-inch Chromebooks feature best-in-class connectivity with two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports (one on each side) for data transfers, power delivery and sharing video and audio to external displays. They also connect wirelessly with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and include HDMI and microSD.
Acer Chromebook Spin 314: Budget-friendly 14-inch Chromebook Features OceanGlass Touchpad
The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 (CP314-1H/N) features a unique environmentally-friendly OceanGlass™ touchpad made entirely out of plastic waste that has been recycled into a glass-like texture to provide sleek and responsive tactile feedback. Contributing to the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean, this Chromebook also features the latest Intel® processors, up to a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display[[iv]] with narrow 6 mm (0.24-inch) bezels and a 10-hour battery life that makes it a good choice for students.
The new Chromebook also features a wide range of connectivity options, such as a USB 3.2 Type-C port, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI port and a MicroSD slot, plus Wi-Fi 6 and 2×2 MU-MIMO technology for faster wireless speeds.
Chrome OS, Chrome Enterprise and App Support
Acer Chromebook Enterprise devices provide employees with a modern experience and devices that stay fast, have built-in security, deploy quickly, and reduce the total cost of ownership. Acer Chromebooks with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade unlock the built-in capabilities of Chrome OS, allowing IT to deploy, orchestrate, and power the cloud workforce securely and effectively from anywhere.
The new Acer Chromebooks all support apps via Google Play and web based apps, so users will have access to all the apps they love for productivity, creativity and more.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) will be available in North America in January 2022 starting at USD 699.99; and in EMEA in October starting at EUR 799.
Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 will be available in North America in December starting at USD 899.99; and in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,049.
The Acer Chromebook 515(CB515-1W/T) will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 499.
The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 will be available in North America in January 2022 starting at USD 649.99; and in EMEA in October starting at EUR 799.
The Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-2H/T) will be available in North America in December starting at USD 399.99; and in EMEA in November starting at EUR 399.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 (CP314-1H/N) will be available in North America in November starting at USD 499.99; and in EMEA in October starting at EUR 449.