Acer announced on Wednesday (21) a series of new products for all audiences. And there was a lot of product: from laser projector and gamer monitor to air purifier. But here I want to highlight the company’s notebook segment, more specifically the Chromebook line, which now has two models equipped with a Qualcomm processor. These are the first Chromebooks with the Snapdragon chipset.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513 feature the Snapdragon 7c, a type of chip for portable devices and aimed at input devices. Although it has the weakest performance among Qualcomm chips, the 7c is one of the processors that offer the most optimization of battery usage. According to Acer, the new line of Chromebooks has autonomy of 14 consecutive hours of use.
The manufacturer also included an 8-nanometer Qualcomm Kyro 468 octa-core CPU, Adreno 618 GPU, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It also offers support for 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi connections, two USB-C ports and one USB-A, aluminum finish 15.55 mm thick and an approximate weight of 1.2 kg.
On the screen, Acer placed a 13.3-inch Full HD panel (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) that is touch sensitive, has Gorilla Glass protection and brings a screen-to-body ratio of 78%. 360-degree hinges provide up to four modes of use: shell (for traditional keyboard input), tablet, display and tent. In addition, it comes with an optional backlit keyboard to aid typing in low light locations.
The Enterprise version of Spin 513 brings exactly the same characteristics as the traditional model. The difference is that the first brings features even more focused on security and privacy for companies – and, therefore, it is the most suitable for use within corporate environments.
According to Acer, the new Chromebook Spin 513 goes on sale in North America in February 2021, with a suggested retail price of $ 399.99 (R $ 2,450 in the current conversion). The Enterprise version arrives in the following month, starting at $ 699.99 (R $ 3,930). There is still no forecast for product availability in Brazil.
Qualcomm has been investing in the implementation of smartphone chips in laptops for some time now. This year, we should still have Apple’s entry into this business. Rumors point out that in November the apple company will announce its first computers (desktops and laptops) with Apple Silicon, an adapted version of the chip used in its mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads.