Acer Chromebook CB5 spotted, packs a Tegra K1 CPU with 4GB RAM

June 20, 2014

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Up until now the Chromebook space has been dominated by chips from Intel and, to lesser extent, Samsung’s EXYNOS. If a new listing on Swedish retailer Komplett.se proves to be correct, Nvidia could soon be joining the party as well with a Tegra K1-powered device.

According to the product listing for an Acer Chromebook CB5 the upcoming device features a Tegra K1 CPU with 4GB RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 13.3-inch HD display. Judging by the images there’s also a headphone jack, two USB ports (3.0 likely) and an ethernet port.

So how likely is this the real deal? While we can’t say with 100% certainty, the photos look legit. Since the listing was discovered the site has also pulled down pricing and spec details, though at least the images and product name remain.

In the original listing, the Chromebook was said to be available starting August 1st, but keep in mind there’s a possibility this was merely a placeholder. Considering there are currently no commercial Tegra K1 devices on the market right now it remains unseen how the CB5 will perform when compared to Intel-based alternatives, though if priced right it could still find a fair level of success.

Comments

  • Jayfeather787

    Me want!!!!!! I’ll put Linux Mint on this baby and have me a supa budget laptop. YAY!!!!
    That bezel is outrageous though, and why are the USB ports in the back? o.0
    Based on the picture, one port is 3.0, and one is 2.0. Both are not 3.0. Just to correct the article.

    • MasterMuffin

      I’d wait to see if the performance of K1 is better than the Intels in the other Chromebooks

      • Jayfeather787

        I know. I want to test Linux on it.
        I just realized though, this is not an x86 based CPU, so Linux might not play well with it.

        • MasterMuffin

          Nah that shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t know if Mint has ARM versions, but Arch, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian at least have, so you’ve got options

          • Jayfeather787

            Yay!
            Cake for everyone!

          • MasterMuffin

            And muffins!

          • MasterMuffin

            Just noticed that you edited your comment. Anything’s an upgrade for you :D

          • Jayfeather787

            And it’s out of stock. Sigh. Shouldn’t have waited.

        • renz

          Jetson TK1 doing just fine running linux

      • renz

        K1 is just another ARM processor. no ARM can match intel i series. but for me i’m just glad if ARM can put a fight. intel wants to dominate everything. and when that happen performance will stagnant. just look at x86 cpu. right now i’m still with my 2500K and see no reason to upgrade to intel latest cpu.

        • MasterMuffin

          But Chromebooks don’t have i3/i5/i7, I believe all they have are Celerons

          • renz

            maybe not from the i series but isn’t that celeron also coming from the same architecture as the i series?

          • MasterMuffin

            No idea, never cared about celeron :)

    • Neil

      The second port is tapered, I think it’s HDMI

      • Jayfeather787

        I think you might be right.
        In that case, it has 1 USB.
        THAT’S AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Neil

          We don’t have a picture of the other side yet, so there will probably be a second port.

          • Jayfeather787

            Good, because at first:

    • Luka Mlinar

      32GB SSD. What are you gonna do with that? :/

      • Jayfeather787

        Install Linux. Takes less than 10 gigs. Got 15-20 left for whatever.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Yea but 15-20 is almost nothing today. That’s why i hate Chromebooks. They make no sense to me. It’s to soon, hardly anyone has shifted to online streaming and storage. But even if they did 32GB is still not enough.

          • Jayfeather787

            okay

      • bobs bob

        install Win8.1, you’ll get 4 gigs left. that’s plenty

        • Luka Mlinar

          haha yea sure :D

  • wat

    Is this the first commercially available pairing of an ARM chip with 4 GB RAM?
    Also wtf are the ports on the back? Looks like USB with the power on the right but that’s dumb, power on the back makes more sense.

    • Jayfeather787

      Yep. That was a horrible design move.

    • Neil

      USB 3.0 and HDMI out by the looks of it

  • clean sanchez

    Make a 10-11 inch version with the same specs, and it’s a buy.

    Preferably without the ugly Chrome logo on the back.

  • Jaime A.G.

    WOW!, a hardware beast to do NOTHING!!

    Better put Android on it.

  • s2weden2000

    It will be launched in google io soon (nvidia will be there)..that’s why it was pulled..a lil teaser

  • NikkiPinodyo

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    explained I cannot believe that a stay at home mom can make $7420 in four weeks
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  • Yaritza Miranda

    They should put Led Lampen on them