Acer Readying their next-gen Chromebook

Alan Buckingham
Sep 19, 2012
Updated • Dec 2, 2012

Acer, along with Samsung, was the first hardware maker to produce a Chromebook, which is a laptop based on Google's Chrome operating system.  The Chrome OS was introduced back in December of 2010 when Google began shipping free CR-48 laptops out to those who signed up for the beta test.  The final version debuted in the summer of 2011 with the introduction of the Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700.  Samsung has since  then updated their line to the Series 5 550.  Now Acer is currently readying their own second-generation version of the Chromebook.

Acer is reportedly mass-producing a second-generation version of their Chromebook that features an 11.6 inch display.  No other specs were released in the leak, which was picked up by tech news site DigiTimes.  The new Samsung model however, sports a Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD.  Acer will likely attempt to match or better that in terms of CPU and storage.

acer chromebook
the old Chromebook

The report goes on to state that Acer is ambitious with this new release and hopes to reach monthly shipments of as many as 200,000 units, but no word has been leaked on when the notebooks will become available.  There has also been no rumor of pricing, but the previous AC700 retails for $279, while the Samsung model is a bit pricier, but still pretty reasonable, at $449

While the Chrome OS, and resulting Chromebook hardware, has received very little attention from the general public, Google has continued to move forward with the operating system, constantly issuing fixes, upgrades and new features.  Much of the problem may arise from the fact that there is no desktop, making the OS confusing for many users.  Sadly, it's so far been a losing battle for the Mountain View company, but with a continued push, that may yet turn around.


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