Acer has added a new member to its Chromebook series with the launch of Chromebook 15 at IFA 2017. The device will be available in in EMEA in October starting at €499 (approx. Rs 41,195). It will also be available in North America in October starting at $399 (approx. Rs 25,534), including the United States.
The Acer Chromebook 15 features a 15.6-inch Full HD display and it is available in touch-screen and non-touch configurations. Interestingly, the company says that it will support Android apps via the Google Play Store when it will be launched. Further, the Chromebook features an aluminium top cover and palm rest, which adds some strength.
On the hardware front, the device feature dual-core Intel Celeron or quad-core Intel Pentium processor along with 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage and 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The Chromebook features a full-sized keyboard and a touchpad coupled with two upward-facing speakers.
On the connectivity front, the device supports Intel Wireless-AC (802.11ac) wireless featuring 2×2 MIMO technology. It also comes with two USB 3.1 and one Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI port, headphone jack and there is also an SD card reader that supports up to 128GB SDXC for transferring and saving files.
Talking about Indian perspective, the company has not shared the details about the pricing and availability of the Chromebook 15. For India, the overall adoption rate of the Chromebook is considerably low as most of the people rely on the Windows-based laptops or notebooks. The lacklustre sales of the Chromebooks further demotivate the manufacturers to bring this kind of notebooks to the Indian market. However, the Chromebooks has some advantage over traditional Windows based laptops as well. To give you a background, Google originally designed the Chromebooks to be used primarily while being connected to the Internet, with most applications and data utilising Cloud technology. By 2012, schools had become the largest category of customer for the Chromebooks.