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ASUS launches Chrome OS devices

Chrome OS has emerged as the most promising operating system. The dubbed “glorified web browser” can now run Android apps and traditional Linux programs. As the quality and thereby trust of the customers in Windows is deteriorating, more and more sectors are now turning towards Chrome OS. For education, in particular,a study showed that schools are rapidly switching to Google’s Chromebooks rather than devices running on Windows 10. Chrome OS is relatively new to tablets, and it has mainly been put to use in the classrooms. The latest Asus launches bring more to the menu.

ASUS unveiled four new Chrome OS devices on January 3rd, 2019 for the education sector. Three of which- C403, C204, and Flip C214 are laptops, of which the C214 can also be used as a tablet. In addition, there is a conventional tablet- CT100 too.

“The series includes two traditional clamshell laptops — the 11.6-inch ASUS Chromebook C204 and the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook C403 — and the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 convertible. There’s also a brand-new factor introduced, with the ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100, a stunning 9.7-inch QXGA wide-angle touch-display tablet,” says ASUS.

Asus’ Chromebook Tablet is powered by a hexa-core OP1 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has a USB-C port, and Asus claims the tablet has “a full school day” of battery life, making it roughly seven to eight hours on a single charge.

The company also says, “The new series features durability, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboards and all-around rubber bumpers to withstand the rigours that electronics often face in schools. This lineup provides educators and parents with a full range of lightweight, ruggedized options that can cater to their specific curriculum choices and unleash the creativity and productivity of their students. The new ASUS Chromebook Education series will be available in the coming months with configurations, pricing, and availability to be announced at launch.”

Asus is also refreshing its 2-in-1 Chromebook, a great news for those who want both- a laptop and a tablet. The new Chromebook Flip C214 retains its predecessor’s 11.6-inch HD display and 360-degree rotation. Its basic model is powered by an Intel N4000 Celeron processor, and it has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There are two USB-C ports and an audio jack as well as stylus support.

No official announcement of the prices have been made by ASUS yet but seeing as the specifications pretty much mirror those of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, it is generally expected that the price of the recently unveiled devices will be within the same range. Tab 10 sells for around $330, so that should give us an idea of the price estimate around which ASUS will sell its own tablet.

 

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