CES 2022: Acer’s latest trio of Chromebooks includes one with a flagship MediaTek processor

The brand new Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is the primary Chromebook to be powered by MediaTek’s new octa-core flagship SoC, the Kompanio 1380.


The brand new Acer Chromebook Spin 513, powered by the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC.

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Acer introduced three new Chromebook fashions at CES 2022, and whereas all have potential enterprise purposes, it is the Chromebook Spin 513 that is attracting all the eye because of the MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC at its core. 

The eight-core Kompanio 1380 is MediaTek’s flagship SoC, and the Spin 513 marks the primary time it has been constructed right into a Chromebook. MediaTek gives three completely different ranges of Kompanio chips, 500, 800 and 1000, and its 500 and 800 collection chips have powered a number of Chromebooks from completely different producers. 

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MediaTek teased a 1200 collection Kompanio in late 2021, which it mentioned was designed to rival Intel i3 chips. On the identical time, MediaTek mentioned its subsequent stage of flagship chips would probably rival the i7 collection from Intel, although it is unclear whether or not or not the 1380 included within the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is the chip in query.

Acer’s new CES 2022 Chromebooks

The primary new Chromebook, talked about and pictured above, is the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, a two-in-one with a touchscreen and the aforementioned MediaTek Kompanio 1380. As well as, the Spin 513 sports activities a 13.5″ show and diminished bezel dimension, meets MIL-STD 810H for sturdiness (although it is not clear which checks it passes), helps Wi-Fi 6, has an array of ports and will get a reported 10 hours of battery life.

The 513’s largest promoting level is its Kompanio 1380 SoC and its value level barely beneath the Chromebook Spin 713, which might be thought of the Intel-powered model of the identical machine in loads of alternative ways, together with its design. In case you’re interested by shopping for an Acer Chromebook Spin 513 you are able to do so in June 2022 in North America, beginning at $599.99, and in EMEA in April 2022 beginning at €649.

The second of the brand new Chromebooks that Acer unveiled at CES 2022 is the Acer Chromebook 315. The 315 has a 15.6″ display screen, which makes it large enough that its keyboard can have a full quantity pad. That is an ideal promoting level for professionals who desire a cellular workstation however do not need to lose the quantity pad on a desktop or giant Home windows laptop computer. 

In line with Acer, the Intel-powered Chromebook 315 additionally has expertise in it that makes “for clear and dependable video conferences,” together with a large FoV HDR webcam with flare discount and twin microphones. It additionally has an non-compulsory multi-touch show and as much as 10 hours of battery life, making it a super selection for staying cellular with out sacrificing display screen actual property.

For individuals who need to be eco acutely aware about their buy, the touchpad could also be a promoting level, too: It is fabricated from OceanGlass, a plastic composite made out of ocean-bound plastic waste that’s recycled to present it what Acer describes as “a glass-like texture.”

The Acer Chromebook 315 will go on sale in North America in January 2022 beginning at $299.99, and will likely be accessible in EMEA in “late Q1 2022” beginning at €399.

The third of three Chromebooks Acer confirmed off at CES, however on no account the least, is the Acer Chromebook 314. Acer calls this mannequin its “budget-friendly and transportable” Chromebook excellent for college kids and households with school-aged kids, nevertheless it’s on no account unsuited for enterprise use. 

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Just like the Spin 513, the 314 vaguely options “MIL-STD 810H sturdiness,” and is an Intel machine with as much as 10 hours of battery life. It additionally has an non-compulsory multi-touch display screen, OceanGlass trackpad and lots of the different options included within the 315, however with a smaller 14″ show. 

Acer additionally talked about an enterprise model of the 314 in its CES promotional materials, however made no point out of separate specs or what options the enterprise mannequin has that the usual Acer Chromebook 314 lacks. If earlier years Acer-designed enterprise Chromebooks are something to go on, zero-touch enrollment and different options Acer contains in its enterprise Chromebook choices are seemingly the important thing distinction.

The Acer Chromebook 314 will go on sale in North America in June beginning at $299.99, and in EMEA in April 2022 beginning at €369. It is unknown if the enterprise mannequin will likely be priced in another way. 

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