Acer debuts 15.6-inch Chromebook
Vendor expands Google OS-powered series with large display, Intel Broadwell options
Acer claimed an industry-first in the Chromebook space with what the company said was the first Google Chrome-based notebook to carry a 15.6-inch display.
The Acer Chromebook 15 is the company's first Chromebook to be powered by a fifth-generation Intel Core i3 and Intel Celeron processors based on Intel's Broadwell micro-architecture.
"The Acer Chromebook 15 is a true powerhouse - it provides fast mobile performance and a large display to help customers accomplish more every day," said John Miedema, director product marketing, Acer Europe.
"Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook market, from providing the latest in technology and trailblazing battery life to designing new form factors. We're driving the category forward again with the world's first 15.6-inch display Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15."
The display is 27% larger than 13.3-inch Chromebooks on the market, according to Acer. It comes in two variants: full HD and HD 1366x768. Both options use Acer's ComfyView anti-glare technology.
The Chromebook 15 will be available with either a fifth-gen Intel Core i3 5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processor, each paired with a solid-state drive (SSD) that allows boot times under 7 seconds, according to Acer. The company also claims the Chromebook 15 provides up to 8 hours of battery life.
Acer also shared results from its in-house durability tests, which suggest the Chromebook 15 can withstand up to 60kg of force, while the corners can tolerate up to 45cm drops without damage.