So I heard you were looking for the newest Chromebooks.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
An ongoing list of the newest Chromebooks (that’s constantly updated)
You see, I have a little experiment going on here that may benefit people just like you who are looking for the latest and greatest laptops.
Why? Because this is a detailed list of the newest Chromebooks.
But it’s not just any list.
It’s a list that updates every time a new Chromebooks is released to the market and is available for purchase.
(Isn’t that cool?)
Now, people just like you will have a resource they can check out from time to time to see what’s really the “newest” one on the market.
I hope this list will help you find whatever you’re looking for.
About this list
I got this idea because I often wanted to search for the newest models (I’m kind of a Chromebook fan).
But I only saw articles that either covered Chromebooks that have been out since last week (old news). Or news articles about Chromebooks that are soon to be released that aren’t actually available yet.
So then I thought, “why not make a list of Chromebooks that gets updated whenever a new one hits the market?”
I looked online and there were a few, but they were either incomplete or didn’t prove a lot of information.
That way, people will always know what’s actually the newest one.
So then this list was conceived.
As of today (9/28/17), any Chromebook that gets released will get a spotlight on this list.
I’ll include details like specs, pricing, country availability, and where you can buy it.
I’ll update this list whenever I get the chance. Sometimes one may slip by unnoticed, but as soon as I spot it I’ll update the list ASAP so it’ll be accurate.
This list won’t include any Chromebooks released prior to this day, and it won’t include any Chromebooks that haven’t been released yet (sometimes they’re just concepts that never actually become reality).
I need your feedback
If you have any suggestions on how to improve this list, such as more data, specific details, or if I missed a Chromebook, please leave a comment and I’ll make the changes.
And if you’ve found this list to be helpful, please let me know as well =].
And without further ado…here’s the list of the newest Chromebooks (it’s always a work in progress):
Chromebooks listed: 5
Newest model: Google Pixelbook (GA00124-US)
Latest Chromebook release: January 2018
Last list entry: 1/8/18
Last updated: 1/8/18
Google Pixelbook (GA00124-US)
Release date: January 2018.
This is the third installment of the Google Pixelbook and it was released in January 2018.
And this is also the most powerful version as well. It’s the baddest of the bunch.
It’s pretty much an improvement over the previous two models in every way possible.
First, let’s talk specs.
The most powerful Chromebook ever
The GA001234US Pixelbook features an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM.
Compared to traditional Chromebooks, this is about 4 times the RAM and many, many times the power of a standard 4GB Intel Celeron Chromebook.
The most storage space
It sports a huge 512GB NVmE storage, which makes it the highest capacity storage Chromebook on the market!
This is blazing fast storage for faster write/seek times, which means, to the uninitiated, faster app launches, faster boot up times, and faster processing.
This is on-par with Windows laptops and is plenty of space to save all your favorite cat memes from the Intenet.
With this much storage capacity, you won’t have to buy an external hard drive or use Google Drive to save your stuff.
A gorgeous 2K display
It has a brilliant 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 touchscreen display, which is considered to be FHD at 2K resolution (nearing 3K).
This resolution tops even the moderate-to-enthusiast screen resolutions of traditional 1440 displays that are commonly used by hardcore computer gamers.
It has a fully convertible 360-degree hinge so you can use it in a variety of positions to suit your needs. It’s fully suited for running Chrome Web Store and Android apps. It has the Play Store already preinstalled on it so it’s ready for action.
You’ll be able to watch movies, view images, and play games in full HD with glorious graphics at blazing speeds with the i7 and Intel HD graphic pair.
10-hours of runtime
It also has a 10-hour battery runtime even with all this power.
This thing will last you all day at work or school.
Batteries have really gotten advanced over the recent past few years. They now support quick charging and also last much longer even though the machines they power get more power-hungry. This model is a perfect example.
This Chromebook charges up to 2 hours of use in just 15 minutes.
Thin and lightweight
it weighs just 2.45 pounds and measures 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4”.
The profile is less than half-an-inch thick. This thing is like the MacBook Air of Chromebooks. With this much power packed into such a small footprint, you’ll be able to carry this anywhere you go.
Just make sure you get a good Chromebook sleeve (or better yet- a case) to protect it!
It’s also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass for the screen to prevent damage and scratches, and also has a nice backlit keyboard.
Personally, I think this Chromebook is overkill- well, all the Pixelbooks for that matter.
This is built for the Chrome OS enthusiast who wants the best Chromebook you can possibly get. It has killer specs and beats the competition in nearly every performance aspect from a technical standpoint.
It’s hard to justify paying that much from my perspective, so I can’t really take this thing seriously.
If you’re willing to pay the price, you’re in for a (very) good time.
You can check out the Pixelbook GA00124US on Amazon.
Google Pixelbook (GA00123-US and GA00122-US)
Release date: 10/21/17
Well, my fellow Chromies, it’s finally here.
The Google Pixelbook is the Macbook of Chromebooks. It’s Google’s next-in-line successor to the Pixel and Pixel 2 Chromebooks.
If you want premium, here you go. It’s the most expensive Chromebook on the market with a price point that’ll net you brand new Macbook.
Let’s talk about it.
The first Chromebook ever with Google Assistant
For starters, it’s the first ever Chromebook with Google Assistant built in.
This means you can talk to it and have it perform tasks just like you would with Google Home, Alexa, and the voice commands on your smartphone.
If you’ve never used (or heard of) Google Assistant, it’s basically a virtual assistant that lets you ask pretty much anything.
It can read you the stock prices, check the weather, check traffic, remind you of important things, and even control the lights in the room.
You can also ask it any question you can come up with and it’ll do a Google search and read you the results.
It’s pretty much like taking Google.com and putting it in a voice-input format.
You can read more about Google Assistant and Google Home if you’re interested. They’re pretty much the same assistant, just on different devices.
Super thin and lightweight – just 0.44” thick
The body of this thing instantly reminds me of a MacBook Air.
The chassis is super thin with a slated finish that looks super expensive (because it is). When you have the lid popped up at a 90-degree angle, it looks like a hairline. The body and lid are both silver aluminum with a fraction of it being white. The look is distinct, simplistic, and sophisticated.
It measures just 11.43 x 8.69 x 0.44 inches and weighs only 2.4 pounds. You could easily take this with you anywhere you go, but personally, I wouldn’t.
With a price point like that, I’d leave this thing at home on my desk. In a protective sleeve. Untouched.
The portability of it doesn’t do it for me. It’s light and it’s thin, but it’s also too fragile for me to carry around on a daily basis.
But for someone who isn’t as OCD as me (or has a lot of money), you’ll be glad to know that you can easily make this your everyday work laptop and take it anywhere.
Convertible design, 2K display, Pixelbook Pen, and backlit keyboard
With this beautiful finish comes a modern design.
In case you didn’t know, the majority of Chromebooks made in 2017 have a convertible design.
This is probably the way of the future for these laptops to better integrate Android apps. A frame that converts into a tablet with touchscreen input is much better suited for running Play Store apps than a keyboard and mouse. The Pixelbook is no exception.
It features a convertible design that lets you transform it into four different modes- tablet, laptop, tent, and entertainment (immersive) mode.
The screen is a gorgeous 12.3” fully-rotatable 360-degree display. The resolution is 2400 x 1600 pixels, which makes this a true 2K Chromebook with the ability to render 1440p videos and games in full HD (FHD). It’s also lined with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection from scratches and fingerprints.
It even features a specialized Pixelbook Pen just for writing, taking notes, drawing digitally or photo editing, or even just browsing the web. This isn’t the first Chromebook to have a stylus pen, as the Samsung Plus and Pro rolled out with the option first. But still, it’s there.
The Pixelbook Pen is completely optional at checkout. You can choose whether you want to pay the premium for an officially licensed Google product, or you can just use your fingers (or a third-party pen).
It’s also got a full-size keyboard and a generously-sized trackpad. The keyboard is also backlit- adding it to the list of Chromebooks that backlit keyboards.
Two different versions – both powerful
Next, let’s talk specs.
The Google Pixelbook is truly a high-performance laptop.
It features two different configurations at two different price points:
- The cheaper model (GA00122-US) has an Intel Core i5 CPU (7th Gen), 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage.
- The expensive model (GA00123-US) has an Intel Core i5 CPU (7th Gen) with 8GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of SSD storage. This is the biggest storage capacity any Chromebook has ever had.
So the only difference is an extra 128GB of storage space. But that’ll run you about 10% of the MSRP. Is it worth it? Is it economical? Probably not.
You can easily buy a Chromebook compatible external hard drive with that extra money and get 2TB of extra storage.
One of the most powerful Chromebooks to date
You get a decently modern, powerful CPU for speedy boot times, fast app launching, and fast performance with a generous amount of RAM for multitasking.
The storage on this thing is huge. You won’t be needing any external storage for a while if you use your Chromebook modestly.
On my tiny Acer CB3-131 with 16GB of storage, I had to upgrade to external storage within a few weeks. 256GB isn’t amazing by today’s standards.
But for a Chromebook, it’s quite an accomplishment if you think about it.
And remember, it’s an SSD. Even compared to Windows laptops, the storage space is competitive (they typically have 256GB or 512GB SSDs).
The battery is advertised to run a full ten hours on a single charge, and it’s a fast-charging battery as well.
You can charge it for fifteen minutes and get two hours of use. That’s pretty freakin’ amazing.
Whether you’re playing games or getting things done, the battery will likely never be an issue.
It’s a luxury
Either way, it’s nice to see the Pixelbook finally rolling out. I think this thing launched pretty silently.
I didn’t even hear news about it until almost a full month after it was released (that’s why this update is so late).
I think it’s powerful and the Google Assistant is nice to have. And I think it’s expensive.
This is only for the hardcore Chrome OS enthusiast or the well-off. The majority of people (even Chrome OS fans) won’t be able to afford such a nice piece of hardware.
Regardless, it’s one of the most powerful, and the most expensive, Chromebook to date. If you’re in the market for the Rolls Royce in Chrome OS land, this is your laptop.
You can check it out on Amazon here.
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT-P39B)
Release date: 10/20/17
The Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) is the next big monster laptop with a huge screen from none other than Acer.
If you’ve been a fan of Chromebooks with big screens, you’ll know that the Acer 15 is one of the biggest ones you can get. They’re still holding up to that legacy with their latest and newest release.
The Acer 15 continues the legacy with a huge screen and updated parts.
For a lot of people, a 15.6’’ screen is overkill. It makes the laptop big, bulky, heavy, and probably not too portable (keyword: probable). For others, it’s a blessing. Especially on the eyes.
One of the biggest screens
Personally, I’ve grown accustomed to having a bigger screen. My current Chromebook is a tiny 11.6’’ Acer CB3-131.
When I bring out the 15.6’’ laptop (not a Chromebook), it makes a world of difference.
For instance, having a bigger screen lets you put more windows, apps, and other software on the screen at the same time.
This eliminates the time needed to switch between different programs and boost your productivity.
And when you’re done working and ready to start playing, everyone knows having a bigger screen is ideal for gaming on a Chromebook or even just watching Netflix or YouTube videos.
This makes going back to the 11.6’’ very difficult.
A Full HD (FHD) display
Let’s talk about the screen.
The Acer 15 features a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution IPS display.
The screen is wide enough so you can do literally play two Chrome windows side-by-side and do two things at once. If you’re a multitasker, you’ll understand. It actually makes Chrome OS’s split screen mode useful.
It’s a 16:9 aspect ratio screen with 141.2 PPI and a glossy finish.
Glossy isn’t (that) bad
I know a lot of people prefer matte finishes to minimize glare, but glossy finishes are a lot better for color fidelity.
I use both (having different computers) and I prefer glossy for color-detailed work and matte for reading, gaming, and everything else. Having a glossy finish isn’t a bad thing, but you may have trouble with glares in a bright room.
That brings me to my next point- the LED backlighting. It works well with the glossy screen.
The screen is LED-backlit with a pretty decent light.
It’s not super bright and you can easily tell because the brightness doesn’t match that of higher-tier Chromebooks. But it still gets the job done.
You won’t be cranking it up to max brightness anyway. I found that a medium to medium-high setting works perfectly in bright rooms.
The colors and clarity are spot-on. The screen is rendered in HD glory and you can tell with the quality you get from watching HD videos or viewing HD images. The text is crisp and clear.
But think about the price. This is a mid-range Chromebook and you get a lot of features that the expensive versions get.
Another noticeable difference from the previous generation Acer 15 models is the chassis.
Acer has upgraded the body with aluminum parts around the lid and the palm rest.
It adds a nice, stylish touch and feels great to the palm. Don’t get me wrong.
The entire Chromebook isn’t made out of aluminum. Acer has just gone in and added aluminum “accents” around specific parts of the laptop.
It’s not a full-metal Chromebook, but rather like a hybrid one. It does give it a nice little sleek look, but it probably won’t turn as many heads as the Samsung Plus or Pro.
Let’s talk about specs.
It’s powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 Apollo Lake CPU at 2.50GHz.
It’s a Quad-Core processor and offers better performance over previous generations. Apollo Lake CPUs seem to have mixed reviews around the web.
Some praise it and some don’t. Given that it’s an Intel Pentium CPU, you shouldn’t expect it to be cutting edge. It’s not the best nor the fastest CPU out there in a Chromebook, but it works for this monster of a Chromebook.
It still gives the speedy bootup times and offers plenty of power for gaming, entertainment, and productivity. I didn’t see any major differences in performance compared to higher-end Chromebook other than slightly slower execution times (launching apps, starting Chrome, etc.). But again, for the price you pay, you’re getting plenty of value. It also tends to stutter a bit when too many tabs were running.
For gamers, it has Intel HD Graphics 505 18 at 200MHz, which is plenty of power to render your favorite Chrome games in HD glory.
Runs Android apps
One thing worth mentioning is that this Chromebook is able to run Android apps.
I tried a few and they worked just fine, but others would often freeze or crash the laptop. The processor is partly at fault because it’s not exactly powerful enough to run them smoothly.
On the other hand, the Play Store on a Chromebook is still in beta, so not all the apps will run smoothly.
It’s still being improved and should integrate better over time.
Some apps won’t display in full size and stay in the window the size of your smartphone and others will be blocky or grainy. Some will run slow or just crash. Some apps won’t even have the features available due to it being built for a smartphone and now you’re porting it over to a laptop.
For example, Pokemon Go. The GPS function is all messed up and the camera’s viewport of displaying augmented reality Pokemon displays on your forehead through the front webcam.
Either way, it’s pretty entertaining to play around with and should be optimized over time. It’ll offer a huge customization option for your Chromebook giving the choice to install whatever you want to turn it into a personal laptop built for you.
Decent RAM and storage capacity
It’s backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.
Again, both of these values aren’t that impressive. 4GB of RAM is enough to do moderate multitasking and 32GB of storage is enough for the average user. (You can always buy compatible external storage for your Chromebook if you run out.)
These specs fit the price range for other similar laptops in this price range. But they lack the 15.6’’ display. So that kind of actually makes it worth it.
A very nice full-size keyboard
The laptop also comes with a full-size keyboard with the signature Chromebook layout.
The keys are pretty “tall” and have a quite a distance of travel to them. You don’t have to push hard for each key to register, but you do have to push harder than other smaller Chromebooks like the Acer 11.6’’.
It’s actually not a bad thing. They make it a pleasure to type on because they give a nice little feedback click when they hit their max travel distance. If you do work that requires a lot of typing, you’ll appreciate it.
As for connectivity, you get everything you need.
An HDMI port, USB 3.0 ports (2), USB 3.1 Type-C ports (2), 802.11 a/c Dual Band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) WiFi receiver, 1MP HD webcam, built-in microphone, Micro SD card reader, and Bluetooth 4.2.
The addition of the Type-C ports is awesome. These are newer USB ports that allow you to stream up to 4K video directly to your TV or external monitor from your Chromebook, charge your smartphone, and do all sorts of cool stuff.
This type of port is usually found in more expensive Chromebooks, but the fact that Acer added these ports, let alone two of them, is awesome.
Given that the Acer 15 will probably only be purchased by users for its screen size, it’s to be expected that with a bigger screen comes a larger footprint. It measures 14.88 x 10.08 x .074 inches in dimension and weighs 3.79 pounds. This is obviously on the heavier and bulkier side and makes it not as easy to carry around as other smaller, portable Chromebooks.
It also features a 12-hour battery which will last anyone a whole day’s worth of use.
Given that the screen is so big, it’s quite impressive that it can power it and last all day.
Good for students and professionals
But then again, if you’re going to get a big screen, you shouldn’t expect to carry it everywhere.
It’s best to leave this at home and just move it around the house, or around the office, or at school given that the student doesn’t have to travel from class-to-class.
Having a screen of this magnitude can be useful for students and professionals alike. It makes tasks like learning through apps, doing homework, watching educational videos and tutorials, or even playing games a lot easier for the student.
(Buying for a child? See the best Chromebooks for students.)
If you don’t think a few inches added to a display makes a difference, you need to “see” it to believe it.
It’s a lot of Chromebook for not a lot of cash
Overall, the Acer 15 Chromebook is a nice improvement over the previous generation with added touch-up aesthetics, improved specs, and an improved keyboard.
It also has plenty of connectivity and the ability to run Android apps. It’s nothing impressive, but it has plenty of value for its decent price point and large screen. It’s worthy of consideration for students or professionals.
Since it’s new, you can’t really find it everywhere just yet.
Right now, you can check it out at BestBuy. It’s already got some decent reviews going for it.
Acer Chromebook 11 C771
Release date: 10/16/17 (Amazon)
The Acer 11 C771 is one of Acer’s top-tier Chromebooks.
It’s a pretty powerful laptop and won’t be overlooked. If you’re looking for a powerful Acer Chromebook, this is worthy of your consideration.
For starters, it features Intel’s newest Skylake Core i5 6200U CPU clocked at 2.3GHz.
This is definitely one of the more powerful processors to be used in a Chromebook- the majority of them have Intel Celeron processors, which is significantly weaker than the Core series.
It’s also loaded with a full 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which offers plenty of power for people who like to multitask on their laptop. Just for comparison, the standard is just a lone 2GB to qualify as a Chromebook. This is four times the standard.
With this much RAM capacity, you can browse the web, listen to music, get stuff done, chat with friends, and probably even play a game- all at the same time (not that you ever would, right?).
The RAM and CPU aren’t the only impressive specs. It’s also got a whopping 64GB of SSD storage space. That’s a lot.
With this much storage, you can save your files, pictures, videos, and whatever else you need to save all locally on your hard disk. There’s no need to even get external storage at this point unless you’re someone who fills up their hard drive like crazy with cool cat pictures you found online. It even has the ability to expand up to 256GB via MicroSD.
The display is an 11.6” IPS monitor with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. This is pretty decent but not amazing. It’s considered HD, but it’s not full HD (FHD). But still, you can watch HD movies and videos online. And it should be pretty good for an 11-incher.
It’s also touch-compatible so you can touch, tap, and swipe the display until the cows come home. Touchscreen Chromebooks are quickly becoming the norm, probably because of the ability to run Android apps.
With a touchscreen comes another commonly paired feature- the ability to convert.
Yup, the Acer 11 C771 is a convertible with a full 180-degree hinge. This isn’t a full circle of rotation like the ASUS Flip or Samsung Plus/Pro laptops, but rather it has the ability to fold completely flat.
Personally, I’ve never had to use my laptop in this manner, but it’s supposedly very useful for showing off presentations and collaborating with others in a group setting.
Either way, this is the new Chromebook design and it’s rapidly becoming the standard.
Durable and rugged design
The best part about the Acer C771 is definitely the durability features built into it.
For instance, the keyboard is spill-proof to liquids and will easily redirect all the fluids away from the internal components. It’s also got tamper-proof keys on the keyboard, so people can’t switch your keys around (or steal them). As for drops, bumps, and bruises, the C771 has a durable, rugged frame that’s advertised to be resistant to drops, shock, and impact.
Of course, this means just the internal components. Cosmetic damage will still be an issue.
It’s lined with rubber all around the display edges and keyboard. Acer went all-out on making this one of the most durable Chromebooks on the market. It’s comparable to the Lenovo N22 in durability.
The Acer C771 meets military standards and has been tested in extreme conditions, including 48 inches of drop. This is one tough laptop.
It has all the modern connectivity you need. It’s equipped with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, MicroSD card reader, HDMI out, and 802.11 a/c WiFi.
The battery is estimated to run about 13 hours (based on specs from the other variant- more information below).
I can see this being used in both enterprise settings and educational districts.
Professionals who need a rugged laptop in demanding environments (construction, retail, and even restaurants for order taking).
Students can take advantage of Chrome OS’s ease-of-use, speed, and security while the laptop itself can (probably) withstand all of a student’s daily wear and tear on the device.
There’s a cheaper, Celeron-based version also
There are two versions of the Acer C771 Chromebook. Don’t get confused. They’re vastly different in hardware.
It’s about half the price of this one, so you can make the purchase easier especially if it’s for a kid or student.
The other variant is powered by an Intel Celeron processor and offers 4GB of RAM. It still has the same 11.6” display with a 180-degree hinge and the same connectivity. This variant is estimated to run for 13 hours on a single charge, and from this, we can deduce that the Core i5 version will be about the same.
Though, a powerful processor means faster battery drain, unless it’s efficient enough to offset it in comparison to the Celeron-based version. Or it’s got a bigger battery. I’ll keep you guys updated. Feel free to sign up for email updates.
Acer 11 C771 Availability
It’s currently available for sale on Amazon through a third-party vendor dubbed Wholesale Connection.
You can also find it on other major online retailers like Newegg and CDW. It’s still pretty hard to find as of now since it’s still brand new, and the Amazon product listing shows a bare-bones product description with no reviews.
Either way, it should slowly start picking up steam as it rolls out to major distributors and retailers. Stay tuned.
Check out the Acer C771 on Amazon.
ASUS Chromebook Flip (C101PA-DB02)
Release date: 9/7/17.
This isn’t exactly the ASUS Flip 2, but rather, it’s a lighter version of it.
Don’t get it confused with the original Flip though, because it’s not that either. It’s somewhere in the middle between the two in terms of performance and features, so let’s call it the Flip 1.5.
In case you’re wondering, the original Flip (C100PA) was released a few years ago. Then the Flip 2 (C302CA) rolled out. Both Chromebooks were very positively received.
Now comes the Flip (C101PA), which has a confusing name because it’s practically the same as the original Flip other than the model number.
Flip 1, Flip 2, and Flip 1.5
And for uninformed consumers, it makes it look like either ASUS is taking a step backward, or that the Flip is currently the newest laptop in the series (which it technically is), but the naming is going backward.
They’re all convertible Chromebooks that all have similar features. With the same name, it only makes it more confusing.
Consumers may question “why is the Flip (C101PA) the newest Chromebook? Then what about the Flip 2(C302CA)?”
It’s confusing semantics.
Anyway, let’s talk about the Flip 1.5.
A very nice display with one major drawback
The C101PA features a 10.1’’ display with a fully flexible 360-degree hinge.
It’s a convertible that allows you to transform it into laptop, tablet, tent, or stand mode with full touchscreen support.
The display is an HD screen with a 1200 x 800-pixel resolution, but it’s not full HD. For reference, HD is at least 720p and full HD (FHD) is at least 1080p. This is kind of a shame because the ASUS Flip 2 (C302CA) has a 1920 x 1080 display. And even the original ASUS Flip (C100PA) features an FHD resolution.
However, it does have a wide viewing angle and supports multi-touch. It’s also advertised to respond much better than standard conventional touchscreens. So it seems like it’s a quality screen. The only gripe I have is that it’s not FHD. That’s a big dealbreaker for me personally.
So this puts the Flip 1.5 (C101PA) at the low-end of the spectrum when compared to the Flip and Flip 2 in terms of resolution. It’s HD, but it’s nothing special.
Full metal aluminum Chromebook
It also has a full metal body that looks very expensive.
It gives it a sophisticated look that also adds durability. The aluminum chassis is stronger than standard plastic, so it’ll be able to withstand bumps and bruises better than a traditional plastic frame.
But that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. It just looks a lot sleeker and will turn heads as you strut about.
(Want a Chromebooks that can take a beating? Check out the durable Acer Chromebook 11 N7. It’s drop-tested, spill-proof, weather-proof, and even tested to military standards.)
Rockchip RK3399 Processor
Now let’s take a look under the hood.
The C101PA features a Rockchip RK3399 processor.
It’s a Quad-Core (4 core) CPU running at 2GHz. This is actually pretty decent power when compared to the original Flip. It outperforms it by about 40%.
The RK3399 Rockchip CPU is a newer model that actually combines Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors with a separate NEON coprocessor. And it’s got a Mali T860 MP3 GPU.
It combines all of these processors into one powerful chipset.
You have plenty of processing power for playing moderate-to-demanding games, watching HD movies, creating graphics and art, and getting productivity work completed. Even when compared to the Flip 2, it’s not that far behind.
It’s also known to be pretty efficient with battery performance, so that makes for a Chromebook with enough battery runtime to last all day. That’s pretty awesome.
Typically, more performance means quicker battery drain. It’s nice to see efficiency in action.
The Flip 2 has a choice of 3 different processors, with an Intel Pentium 4405Y being the lowest tier and an Intel Core M6Y30 at the highest tier.
By tier, I mean the available upgrade options when you purchase it. Some Chromebooks come with specific upgrade packages that offer more performance at a higher price point. It’s the same laptop, but with different hardware.
The C101PA is comparable in terms of performance given that all of the Flip 2 CPUs are all Dual-Core (2 core) processors whereas the C101PA’s Rockchip RK3399 is a Quad-Core. This is some awesome performance at an excellent value. Its got a speedy and powerful processor without the hefty price tag. Oh yeah.
A Quad-Core CPU means heavy multitasking and performance even with demanding tasks. You’ll be able to run multiple apps, play games, watch videos, watch movies, listen to music, and get work done without a hiccup with that much power.
Overall, the C101PA has a very nice processor that outperforms the original Flip by about 40%.
4GB LPDDR3 RAM
It’s also loaded with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM for extra multitasking power.
This is nothing special as it matches the lower tier of the Flip 2 (comes in both 4GB and 8GB variants), and matches the higher tier of the original Flip Chromebook (comes in 2GB and 4GB variants). So the C101PA sits right in the middle between the C302CA and the C100PA in terms of RAM capacity.
In other words, the RAM capacity is decent.
16GB of SSD storage capacity
You also get a nice 16GB of storage, which is the bare minimum to be considered a Chromebook.
Again, it’s nothing special. It has the same storage capacity as the original Flip and half the storage of the Flip 2’s lowest tier (it comes in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities).
It’s nothing to get excited about, as many Chromebooks only offer 16GB of storage space. You can always get more storage space by using external storage. It’s also super easy to connect external hard drives, SD cards, and thumb drives to your Chromebook.
You can also use cloud providers like Dropbox and Google Drive if you want your data to always be accessible. Chromebooks are versatile
(Need more storage space but don’t know what’s compatible with your Chromebook? Check out this buyer’s guide about the best external storage devices for Chromebooks.)
Super light and small size
The best feature about the C101PA is the super lightweight construction and small footprint.
This Chromebooks is one of the smallest and lightest models ever made. Seriously.
The C101PA’s dimensions are 7.2’’ x 10.4’’ x 0.6’’ and it weighs just 1.9 pounds. The profile is just over half-an-inch thick. It’s like the MacBook Air of Chromebooks.
You can easily fit this into any small Chromebook case or sleeve, or even carry it by hand.
It’s small enough to be a very portable laptop that you won’t have any issue bringing around with you. If you’re a student or professional (or you plan on buying this for one), you’ll be able to easily hold this laptop in one hand like a small hardcover book.
With a weight of less than 2 pounds, you can literally take this anywhere. That’s about the weight of a standard 32 fluid ounce bottle of Gatorade. For a laptop, that’s light.
(Looking for a smaller Chromebook? I wrote a list of the smallest Chromebooks ever made.)
It’s also armed with a very efficient battery that’s advertised to run up to a full 9 hours on a single charge.
With the Rockchip RK3399 processor, this battery will last you all day. You’ll be able to use this Chromebook without the need to plug it in until your day’s over (even if you’re putting in a little bit of overtime).
It’s enough to get a student through a full day of classes and enough for the professional to make it through a typical workday (and then some).
Full integration with Android apps
The C101PA will have full integration with both the Chrome Web Store and the Google Play Store.
This means it has full Android app support, and you’ll be able to install apps from both platforms onto one Chromebooks. This allows for super flexibility and extreme customization. You can turn your Chromebook into any device you want.
For example, if you’re an entertainment person, you can download some cool games for Chromebooks, movies, sound equalizers, Netflix, Pandora, Subway Surfers, Minecraft Pocket Edition (sadly, this laptop won’t work for installing vanilla Minecraft because the game requires an Intel processor), Clash of Clans, Pokemon Go, Temple Run 2, Fruit Ninja, and whatever else you like to do to entertain yourself. Go crazy with it.
(Bored? Check out this list of the best offline Chromebooks games that you can play anytime.)
(Want to get more done like a master ninja? See this list of productivity apps for Chromebooks.)
Now you can kind of see what I mean. You can completely customize your Chromebook to do what you want. Get the apps from both platforms. Get the best of both worlds.
As for connectivity, you the ASUS Flip C101PA has a standard traditional USB 2.0 (Type-A) port, 2 USB-C ports, Micro SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, headphone/microphone jack, and an 802.11 a/c dual-band wireless receiver.
It’s nice that they included the newer USB-C ports on the Flip. If you’re not familiar with these, they’re the next-gen USB port. They allow for faster charging, video output, and data transfer of up to 5GB/s.
You can easily find the C101PA in any major electronics retailer that carries Chromebooks.
Confirmed online retailers are Amazon, eBay, Newegg, and Provantage.
It’s not a rare laptop and is easy to find.
It’s a pretty good buy
Overall, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA is a very decent laptop for the price.
It’s like a hybrid of the original Flip and the Flip 2.
It has a very powerful processor, decent RAM and storage, and the ability to run Play Store apps. Armed with a metal body and fully convertible design, it’s versatile and allows for the freedom to use it however you want. It’s stylish, sleek, and durable. With a weight of just 1.9 pounds and a very small form factor, it’s highly portable and can be brought anywhere. The 9-hour battery will keep it running all day. And it has all the connectivity you need to make it compatible with modern devices.
Besides the non-FHD touchscreen, it’s a good buy.
It’s a unique Chromebook and offers a lot of features for a modest price.