Acer just debut two their first 12-inch Chromebooks that will primarily serve students and education customers - the Acer Chromebook Spin 512 and Chromebook 512 with the Spin version as a convertible. The Chromebook Spin 512 has Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass display with 360-degree that allows for four modes: clamshell, tablet, display and tent whereas the regular Chromebook 512 is a traditional notebook with touch or non-touch options that can open up flat. An dockable Wacom electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) stylus is included for the Spin 512.
The displays for both are actually a 3:2 ratio as Acer claims that it gives 18 percent more vertical space for viewing, otherwise it’s a 1366 x 912 HD+ IPS display.
The two Chromebooks are powered by up to a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 Processor or a quad core Intel Celeron N4100 Processor which should be able to keep up with whatever students or educators need to do in the classroom. Plus the Chromebook 512 has an optional Intel Celeron N4000 processor.
The Chromebook Spin 512 has an 8MP camera on the cover while the traditional Chromebook 512 has an optional 5MP camera, allowing students to take videos or photos for their classwork. Additionally, both comes with the usual webcam above the display.
For connectivity, the two Chromebooks sport the Intel Wireless-AC 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO for Gigabit Wi-Fi connections; and for ports, they have two USB-Cs and two USB-As.
The battery, as Acer claims it, can last up to 12 hours although no details were given on the battery capacity.
The new Acer Chromebooks are designed for use by younger children and Acer designed them to meet two leading toy safety standards: the ASTM F963-16 and UL/IED 60950-1. They’re also built like a tank and they can take handle drops from heights of up to 122 cm (48 inches) and handle up to 60 kg (132 pounds) of downward force thanks to a reinforced design and shock-absorbing bumper - meeting stringent U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standards.
The new Acer Chromebooks will be available with either 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage and 4GB or 8GB of RAM in Q2. Pricing has yet to be revealed locally.