Acer Chromebook 13 Utilizes Nvidia’s Tegra K1 To Provide 13 Hours Battery Life
Acer, Samsung and HP have been producing Chromebooks since the invent of the very first Chromebook. We have seen Chromebooks with Samsung processors, some with two types of Intel processors — one of which is powerful i3, and now we are about to see Chromebook having Nvidia processor. Acer has announced “Chromebook 13” having powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile chip, which is known for providing high performance and longer battery life than common processors used in laptops and other Chromebooks.
Acer Chromebook 13 is the world’s first Chromebook that has Nvidia processor and it is also the first 13-inch Chromebook produced by Acer. All of the previous Chromebooks either had Intel or non-Nvidia processors.
Acer Chromebook 13 will be available in four configurations.
- A variation of Acer Chromebook 13 having full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB Solid State Drive is available now for pre-sale at BestBuy.com and is priced at $299.99.
- Another variation with the same full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, but 4GB of RAM and 32GB Solid State Drive is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com for $379.99.
- For those who don’t need to prefer battery life over HD display, Acer Chromebook 13 having 1,366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB Solid State Drive is available at Amazon.com for $279.99.
- Acer will be releasing another version for education sector and for OEMs having 1,366 x 768 display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB Solid State Drive which will be priced at $329.99.
All of the different models of Chromebook 13 will have Nvidia’s powerful Tegra K1 processor. The full HD version provides 11 hours battery time while the low-res version provides 13 hours of battery time, thanks to Tegra K1.
Tegra K1, being a mobile chip, has 192 cores and offers high performance because of its quad core design. Most Chromebooks have dual core processors. Chromebook 13 not only features a high-end processor but also offers powerful graphics processing unit — Nvidia seems to be proud of.
Nvidia showed a demo of how powerful Chromebook 13 is in multitasking than other models having Intel processors. The demo comprised of four open windows, streaming music, and running a script in a Google Sheet.
Acer has kept the design of Chromebook 13 to be simple and elegant. It is a fanless device, measuring 0.71 inches thick and weighing 3.31 pounds. It has two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Its slim design is courtesy of Tegra K1 being the mobile chip which is also used in Nvidia’s Shield and some other tablets.
Acer Chromebook 13 is first of its kind that provides such long battery life, and this is its plus point over other Chromebooks. Both Dell and HP are set to release core i3 Chromebooks soon while Acer already has an i3 Chromebook under the hood.
Will the Nvidia’s chip go on to surpass Intel in Chromebook’s industry? We will find out soon.
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