Having unveiled a handful of head-turning laptops at CES on Sunday -- including and the ultra-thin -- Asus kicked things off early on Monday by introducing a new convertible Chromebook. The Flip C434, starting at $569, replaces the company's -- a breakout hit that's currently the top-ranked bestseller in Amazon's two-in-one category.
Asus claims that, despite its popularity, the Chromebook C302 was due for an update.
The new model takes a few aesthetic departures from its predecessor, shifting away from the C302's two-tone black and silver to a more uniform brushed aluminum design. Asus has also bumped up the screen size: Now you get a 14-inch FHD display that's surrounded by relatively thin bezels -- a pervasive feature of Asus laptops at CES this year. Accordingly, the Flip C434 is a bit heftier than the C302, weighing in at 3.2 pounds.
But the biggest changes are on the inside: the Flip C434 has twice as much RAM and storage as its predecessor and way more powerful processor options, including Intel's Core i7-8500Y. Here's a rundown of all the specs:
- Google Chrome OS
- 14-inch FHD display with NanoEdge 5mm bezels
- Ergolift hinge
- Intel Core i7-8500Y
- Up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM
- Up to 128GB eMMC (plus microSD support for 2TB of additional storage)
- Two USB-C, one USB-A
- Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- 15.7mm thick chassis
- Weighs 3.2 pounds (1.45kg)
Over the past few months, I've seen some highly capable, Google-powered two-in-one laptops in the $500 to $600 range -- including theand . The Flip C434 may well join those two in showing just how far the Chromebook category has come.
Asus's Monday Chromebook announcement also included:
- Chromebook Tablet CT100, which features a 9.7-inch QXGA touchscreen
- Chromebook C204, an 11.6-inch clamshell model, and the Chromebook Flip C214, its rugged convertible counterpart
- Chromebook C403, a 14-inch clamshell
The company did not announce pricing or availability for any of them.
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