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Acer Chromebook 11 embraces USB-C and Google Play

11 January 2018

The Chromebook 14 G5, as the name suggests, has a 14-inch screen size that is configurable with up to HD Touch feature.

Acer refreshes the Chromebook 11 with USB C ports and a $249 price tag

The biggest upgrade comes in the form of the latest Intel Celeron processors. Packing 11.6-inch displays, they're completely fanless and offer up to ten hours of battery life, Acer says. On the display front, Acer has released both standard and non-touch display options with the capability to run Android apps available on Google Play Store. But USB-C has remained rare in entry-level machines like the Chromebook 11. As with the Acer Chromebook 11, the device has USB 3.1 type C ports, making it much easier to connect to more modern smartphones. With any luck, the Acer Chromebook 11 will deliver a bright, crisp viewing experience for its users.

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Concerning the build and durability aspect, the Chromebook 11 G6 comes with MIL-STD 810G military proofing, which should leave it non-impacted from drops and harsh conditions. The whole thing is 0.71-inches thick and weighs 2.43 pounds. Plus, customers can use the MicroSD card reader to access and transfer content.

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Google Assistant is noticeably missing, despite the Pixelbook being out for a few months now, meaning that we should, in theory, see it on other Chromebooks - then again, it's possible that Google didn't make Assistant available to partners soon enough for CES and the various product launches. The Chromebook 11 will also be available in EMEA countries with a starting price of €249 (around ₹18,930) in March, however, exact specifications, price and date of availability will be announced later.

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Availability wise, Acer has said that the Chromebook will appear in the European, Middle Eastern, and African markets in March where the base model will start at €249, before launching in the U.S. in April for US$249. But it has not announced pricing for the different configuration options (touch screen versus non touch, 16GB versus 32GB of storage, etc). For our first stop here at CES, we dropped by Acer to take a look at this laptop.

Acer Chromebook 11 embraces USB-C and Google Play