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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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Acer has announced the first Chromebooks powered by Intel's Core i3 processors.

The new C720-3871 and C720-3404 will sell for $US349.99 and $US379.99 respectively. The extra $30 buys 4GB of RAM, rather than 2GB. Both machines feature a Core i3-4005U CPU at 1.7GHz, 32GB solid state disk, 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 display, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Bluetooth, HDMI and a battery said to last 8.5 hours.

Chromebooks have obvious enterprise attractions: the minimal OS looks to offer a small attack surface and leans so heavily on cloud storage that chores like backup could be less onerous. Throw in the fact that VMware and Google have struck a deal to pipe apps and desktop-as-a-service into Chromebooks and the devices look to offer an interesting alternative to conventional laptops.

Acer's move adds another attraction: a decent amount of processing grunt. The Core i3 is a two-core, 22nm Haswell affair released in 2013's third quarter. In other words, not a fading glory. It's also not cheap: Intel's “tray price” - the nominal price Intel charges OEMs – is $US275.

Acer's C720-3871 Core i3 Chromebook

Acer's C720-3871 Core i3 Chromebook comes in any colour you want, so long as it is "Granite Gray".

What's that you say? Google is sitting on a mountain of cash, has a very obvious interest in getting more Chromebooks into more places and might be doing something to keep the cost of Core i3 kit low? We'd never have guessed. ®

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