Powered by the latest 7th-generation Intel Celeron chipsets, both the devices ship with USB Type-C ports, and share a similar design as well.
A few different versions of the Chromebook are making their debut in Las Vegas this week. They are all driven by Intel Celeron processors. Storage is either 16 GB or 32 GB of eMMC, though of course the expectation is that you'll keep most of your content in Google Drive in the cloud. The CB311-8HT will have an 11.6-inch display running at 1366 x 768 resolution that supports touch input.
The Acer Chromebook 11 has been one of the best cheap, low-power Chromebooks you can buy for kids or students for a long time. Meanwhile, its CB311-8H counterpart will use the same LCD panel, but rely on the trackpad for control instead of touch. Don't run in a panic to the dongle store-you still get two USB 3.0 Type-A ports (whew!).
There are two USB Type-C ports as well present in the device. It also has a microSD slot and comes standard with 802.11 ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi. There's a touch display version of the Chromebook 11 and a non-touch display option. It also has an HDR webcam and dual stereo speakers with an integrated microphone. This year, with Android app support and especially USB-C, it's a sign that the average computing experience is moving forward-but gently, so you're not shut out of your precious USB-A peripherals just yet. The whole thing is 0.71-inches thick and weighs 2.43 pounds. The Chromebooks will be available in black and dark grey color options.
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.
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