Acer First to Launch Chromebook with Intel Core i3 (Haswell) Processor

Acer has announced the first Chromebook to market powered by a 4th Generation (Haswell) Intel Core i3 processor. The Acer C720 Chromebook is now available in two new Intel Core i models that are claimed to achieve battery life of up to 8.5 hours.

Acer is the leading Chromebook vendor with a 46.7 percent market share in this category.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be a leader in the Chromebook market, since customers are responding with tremendous enthusiasm for the product’s performance, capabilities and value,” says Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing and brand manager, Acer America. “We’ve been breaking new ground with our Chromebooks since 2011, and our new Intel Core i3 model will deliver more of what our customers love about our Chromebooks, including excellent performance and all-day battery life.”

“Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life,” says Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. “As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3.”

The Acer C720 Chromebook will be available in two models with a 4th Generation Intel Core i3-40005U processor (1.7GHz, 3MB L3 cache). The Acer C720-3404 will have 4GB of memory and will be priced at $379.99, while the Acer C720-3871 will have 2GB of memory and will be priced at $349.99. They will be available this month at retailers in North America.

Like other Acer C720 models, the new C720-3404 and C720-3871 will have fast 32GB Solid State Drive(3) that boots up in less than 7 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode.

Selling for less than an iPad mini or Microsoft Surface 2, and $hundreds less than an 11.6-inch MacBook Air . Acer Chromebooks are a solution worth considering for families, classrooms and anyone that needs a simple and secure computer to share between multiple users. Chrome OS is updated regularly and automatically, so users can enjoy the latest features including multiple layers of security such as data encryption and verified boot that defend the Acer C720 Chromebook against online threats, malware and viruses. Also ñ information, Gmail and Google Drive(4) documents are kept safe since Chrome supports multiple user logins.

The new Chrome OS models have an 11.6-inch “ComfyView” HD display with a 1366×768 resolution, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, including ability to connect by video chats with the integrated HD webcam and microphone. The Acer C720 also connects to a range of peripherals and external displays via HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The C720 Chromebooks are equipped with Intel HD Graphics 4400, stereo speakers, HD audio, webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, a card reader, and come with a 1-year limited warranty. Color: Granite Gray

1. Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications, features launched and usage. All batteriesí maximum capacity diminishes with time and use. The Acer C720 provides up to 8.5 hours of battery life as tested using Googleís battery testing methodology.
2. Unit Share, Q1 2014 (January ñ March, 2014)/The NPD Group/U.S. Retail Tracking Service
3. Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
4. More information on Google Drive on Chrome devices:

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