At IFA in Berlin today, Acer announced its new Chromebook R13 model, which boasts both a touchscreen and a foldable design. Notably, this is the first 13-inch convertible Chromebook, which is sure to please those who have been waiting for a larger display size touchscreen.
The hardware is pretty much what you would expect from a modern Chromebook. The R13 features a 13-inch 1080p LCD panel, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 speeds, an HDMI output, Bluetooth, and a 720p webcam. The laptop is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT8173C and promises up to 12 hours of battery life. The Chromebook R13 will be available in 16, 32, and 64GB storage options.
The R13’s display can be flipped around 360 degrees to transform the laptop into a tablet, or can be partially folded to act as a stand. The display panel features 10 point touch capabilities, which will be handy for pinching and swiping through apps. Touchscreens aren’t that important for Chrome OS just yet, but these features could be very handy for those looking to make the most of Android apps when they arrive on Chromebooks in the next few months.
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Prices for the Acer Chromebook R13 will start at $400 for the 16GB memory option. The new Chromebook will go on sale sometime in October.