Acer today announced the Acer C720P Chromebook, a touchscreen version of the C720 Chromebook the company introduced last month. The new C720P will be available in early December at Amazon.com, Best Buy, and the Acer Store for $299.99 (that’s significantly cheaper than Google’s $1,299 touchscreen Pixel).
The new device comes with an 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display (1366×768 resolution), up to 7.5 hours of battery life, and a 7-second boot time thanks to the 32GB SSD. It’s powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture and 2GB of DDR3 memory.
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Last but not least, the laptop features an integrated HD webcam, dual speaker design, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, as well as support for 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It measures 0.78-inches and weighs 2.98 pounds.
As with most Chromebooks, Google is offering consumers up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years. New customers will also get 12 free Gogo Inflight passes with their purchase.
This is Acer’s first touchscreen Chromebook. The multi-touch display allows owners to use gestures such as swipe, tap, and pinch-to-zoom.
“Our new touchscreen C720P gives customers an intuitive way to browse sites online, enjoy apps, and do more with the Chromebook,” Acer CTO Arif Maskatia said in a statement. “The Acer C720 Chromebook line has been praised for its performance and battery life, and this new touchscreen model allows us to address the needs of an even wider range of customers with exciting new capabilities. We’re certain many holiday shoppers will jump at the chance to get a touchscreen Chromebook for just $299.99.”
That theory has yet to be tested. While Chromebooks are generally quite cheap, we have yet to see sales numbers that show a huge demand for them. Could this holiday season be the start of a Chromebook explosion? Acer is certainly betting on it.
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