Acer Chromebook Spin 513 range brings Snapdragon 7c and LTE
The first Chromebook with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip
Acer has announced the first Chromebook range to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and Acer Chromebook Enterprise 513 are powered by the Snapdragon 7c Compute platform, which is designed to give some nippy performance in diminutive size, combining the best of mobile and laptop technologies.
The Snapdragon 7c is powered by an 8nm octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 468 CPU with an integrated Adreno 618 GPU. The combination should give you proper all-day battery-life—Acer estimates up to 14 hours on a single charge.
Because of its roots in the mobile sphere, LTE integration comes as a standard option, meaning true on-the-go computing, if you’re happy to purchase an extra SIM-plan, of course.
The 13.3-inch full HD IPS touchscreen, with a 78% screen-to-body ratio, is protected by Gorilla Glass, as is the touchpad. An optional backlit keyboard is available to augment the full 360°-hinged chassis. There are two built-in microphones that lend themselves equally to video conferencing and interacting with Google Assistant. The pre-launch blurb gives us no info on speakers, but we’re sure there’ll be some!
Connectivity comes via two USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen 1) ports, one USB 3.2 Type-A port, and there’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO technology, as well as the aforementioned optional LTE. RAM comes in configurations up to 8GB and onboard storage is up to 128GB—not bad for what is primarily a cloud-based machine.
The Enterprise version of the Spin 513 is more or less the same but adds in zero-touch enrollment, which logs users into their organization as soon as there is an internet connection, plus there are a whole bunch of sysadmin tools that Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) users will be familiar with.
Also announced today is the Chromebox CXI4, available in regular and Enterprise flavors. Unlike the laptops, this is powered by an up-to Intel i7 processor and includes WiFi 6 (802.11ax).
The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 goes on sale in early 2021. The regular version starts at $399.99 with the Enterprise version following in March 2021, starting at $699.99. The Chromebook CXI4 will be available sometime in Q1 2021 starting at $409.99 for both regular and enterprise editions, initially at Acer.com.