This won’t be the first Chromebook launch from ASUS as the tech brand already has a few bestselling Chromebooks up their pocket. But this is the first convertible Chromebook from ASUS featuring a compact 10.5-inch display.
With all the new launches that 2021 has brought in, this new product from ASUS was not expected. The tech brand has already launched a few new products in January at CES 2021 but looks like their list of innovative launches is still going to flourish through the remainder of 2021.
ASUS already sells a few Chromebook models including the Chromebook Flip CM5, Chromebook Flip CX5500 and the Chromebook CX9400. So, the launch of yet another Chromebook isn’t astonishing or shocking from this brand. But the upcoming Chromebook Flip CM3000 is unlike any other launches made by ASUS.
According to initial looks and views, the device does look a lot similar to Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, especially with the compact 10.5-inch display that is available in the Microsoft model as well. The Chromebook Flip CM3000 will also feature a detachable keyboard, yet another similarity with the Surface Go 2.
Saturn further suggests that the Chromebook will be an extremely lightweight device, weighing 530 g, without the attached keyboard, enabling users to carry it around with ease.
But, even with the compact design, ASUS has managed to fit in a stunning display with 1200p screen resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio for crisp and clear visuals without any interruptions. The Chromebook Flip CM3000 also supports the latest wireless connectivity options, including Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5 with a 27Wh battery that can charge up to 45Wh.
It also features a multipurpose 3.5 mm headphone jack with dual cameras. But, the one feature of this device that the users aren’t very excited about is the processor. The upcoming Chromebook is powered by the MediaTek MT8183 SoC with the octa-core chipset, which is very underwhelming.
The chipset provides with 30% reduced performance rate compared to the latest chipset from Snapdragon, which means that the Chromebook Flip CM3000 might not have the most powerful performance.
The device is backed with 4GB RAM, which is a good thing, mainly because of the fact that it enables seamless multitasking without any interruptions.
The pricing and availability of the device, according to Saturn, is pretty considerate too. The Chromebook Flip CM3000 is priced at €449, all inclusive. The price also includes the keyboard, so you wouldn’t have to worry about paying extra for the same. But it is likely that the pen will be sold separately and the users might have to splurge out on that.
As for the availability, the device is reported to be shipped starting late May and could be a powerful competitor for some of the upcoming launches that are going to happen in the later months of the year.