The Asus Chromebook C302CA has been leaked, following Samsung’s Chromebook Pro.
Is it just me, or are all these “leaks” done on purpose to stir up the news? Are they even really leaks? It just seems like every other Chromebook gets “leaked” before launch now.
Moving on, the Asus C302CA is a convertible, flip-style Chromebook with a full 360 degree hinge. If you’ve never seen a laptop like this before, it’s really nothing new. The display can rotate in a full circle and can fold over backward to turn your Chromebook into a tablet- hence “convertible.” This is probably the new standard for Chromebooks now, but it’s nothing new. The C302CA doesn’t really please in appearance when compared to the Samsung Chromebook Pro.
CPU, RAM, display, and other specs
The display on the C302CA sports a 12.5’’ size, along with a full-HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels. I’m assuming the screen will be a touchscreen as well, as many Chromebook makers are now building Chromebooks to accommodate the Play store update. Running Android apps on Chromebooks will be a common thing, so it’s only necessary that the Chromebook itself can convert into a tablet form- and has touchscreen capability. This will make the Chromebook more able to transition the apps over from a native smartphone environment onto a laptop. And it’ll feel slightly less awkward for the user. Think about trying to use an app designed for your fingers on a keyboard and mouse. Or even more weird, a keyboard and touchpad. And with Andromeda coming, Android and Chrome OS will be even more closely integrated.
The C302CA is decent under the hood. It features an Intel Core M3-6Y30 Skylake processor, which is pretty powerful and new to the scene. It also has a whopping 8GB of RAM, which is quadruple the standard 2GB on Chromebooks. You also get 32GB of storage, which again, is double the standard 16GB, so you have a Chromebook that’s above average in specs. This makes it well-equipped for apps, work, videos, streaming media, photography, and of course, play. With a nice setup like this, it should be able to hand pretty much anything you can throw at it- that is, anything within Chrome OS’s ability. Chrome OS is rapidly developing, so it’ll probably integrate with the new features pretty well upon rollout.
It’ll also come loaded with all the regular input ports, such as audio, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB ports. How many and what type of USB ports is unconfirmed. I expect the standard USB 3.0 inputs and nothing much else.
C302CA Chromebook may have stylus input
As for stylus input, there’s a single image floating around that hints at the C302CA being a pen-input Chromebook, which means you can write on the flip screen. With handwriting capabilities coming soon on Chrome OS, it’ll probably be a nice integration.
The original Asus flagship Chromebook was the Asus Chromebook Flip, which was one of the original trio of Chromebooks to first get the Android app update. The C302CA is an upgrade over the Chromebook Flip, as it has a bigger screen (10.1’’ vs 12.5’’), higher-resolution display (1200 x 800 vs 1920 x 1080), double the RAM (4GB vs 8GB), and an upgraded CPU. The C302CA compared to the Flip is pretty much upgraded in every way.
Asus C302CA is an upgraded model over the Flip…but with an upgraded price
But, let’s not forget what else gets an upgrade- the price. The Asus C302CA Chromebook will run you around $660. Compare that to the Chromebook Flip, which retails at $250. That’s indeed a big jump, but for a Chromebook that’s built for app integration and has a ton of raw power under the hood, it’s worth it. However, you should also take into consideration that Samsung’s Chromebook Pro also has a lot of the same features, but for a slightly cheaper price. It looks like these two Chromebooks will duking it out for the market share.
Overall, the C302CA Chromebooks looks promising. Compared to the Samsung Pro, it’s not as pretty (no metal body) and it’s more expensive. We’ll have to see how this one plays out. Personally, I think the market’s leaning towards the Chromebook Pro. It was leaked before the C302CA was, and it got a lot more thunder. Then again, news coverage isn’t always praise. I’ll be reviewing both when they release.