Acer launches Intel Core i3 powered Chromebooks

Acer introduced the industry’s first Chromebooks using a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor on July 10 US time. The Acer C720 Chromebook is available in two models powered by the fourth generation Intel Core i3 processor to provide more responsive performance for multi-tasking.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be a leader in the Chromebook market, since customers are responding with tremendous enthusiasm for the product’s performance, capabilities and value, ” said Eric Ackerson, Senior Product Marketing and Brand Manager, Acer America. “We’ve been breaking new ground with our Chromebooks since 2011, and our new Intel Core i3 model will deliver more of what our customers love about our Chromebooks, including excellent performance and all-day battery life.”

“Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life,” said Navin Shenoy, VP and GM of the Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. “As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages.”

Both models of the Acer C720 Chromebook will run on a 4th Generation Intel Core i3-40005U processor (1.7GHz, 3MB L3 cache). The Acer C720-3404 will have 4GB of memory while the Acer C720-3871 will have 2GB of memory. The new Chrome OS models have an 11.6-inch ComfyView HD display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

Like other Acer C720 models, the new Chromebooks will have a 32GB Solid State Drive that boots up in under 7 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode; 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, including connecting by video chats with the integrated HD webcam and microphone; and HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.