IFA 2016 is now in full swing over in Berlin (with 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall at the show), and among other insane laptops, Acer has today announced the new Chromebook R13, a bigger brother to the popular Chromebook R11. This new convertible Chromebook packs a 13.3-inch touchscreen display on a reversible hinge, along with the first MediaTek processor ever in a Chromebook.
We first heard about the Acer Chromebook R13 last month, and the official release brings no big surprises. Just like the report, we know that the R13 packs a 1080p IPS display with 10-point touch capabilities. Combine that with the reversible design and you get one of the best experiences for Android apps, which will be coming to this machine.
Under the hood we find the MediaTek M8173C processor, a quad-core chip with big.LITTLE architecture with two Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.0GHz for performance, and two Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz for power efficiency. There’s also 4GB of RAM, 16, 32, and 64GB of storage, and a claimed 12 hours of battery life. Acer also has this machine charging via a USB C port, similar to the recently discontinued Chromebook Pixel 2. There’s also a 720p webcam, full-size HDMI port, and a standard USB 3.0 port along the side.
We don’t yet have a specific release date for this machine, but Acer has revealed that the Chromebook R13 will release sometime in October with a starting price of $399 for the 16GB model.
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