ASUS Releases Convertible ChromeBook Flip C100by Brett Howse on July 20, 2015 6:15 PM EST
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Today ASUS is launching a new Chromebook, but this one gets the flip treatment with a 360° hinge. According to ASUS, it brings together the experiences of a tablet and notebook into one device. We’ve certainly seen a lot of these on the Windows side, but for a device packing Chrome OS, this is certainly less common if not unique.
Let’s go over what is inside. ASUS turned to Rockchip for the processor on this device with the Rockchip 3288-C SoC inside. This is a quad-core design based on the Cortex A17, and clocks in at 1.8 GHz. The GPU is the ARM Mail T624, and you can get either 2 or 4 GB of system memory and 16 GB of eMMC storage. It also supports a SD/SDXC card reader if you need to add a bit more storage.
Although the internals are certainly low end, ASUS did put a multi-touch IPS display in, albeit at only 1280x800 resolution, but for the 10.1” low cost device, that is likely serviceable. There are also outputs for HDMI if necessary and of course a headset jack. There are two USB 2.0 ports for connectivity, and the battery is rated for up to nine hours.
|ASUS ChromeBook Flip C100|
Quad-core Cortex A17 @ 1.8 GHz
ARM Mali T624 GPU
|Memory||2G or 4GB DDR3L|
|Battery||2-cell up to 9 hours|
|I/O||2 x USB 2.0
SD Card reader
|Dimensions||10.35" x 7.18" x 0.6" / 263 x 182 x 15.2 mm|
|Display||10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD with capacitive touch|
|Weight||1.96 lbs / 0.89 kg|
|Price||$249/$299 for 2GB/4GB|
The keyboard is 97% of a full-sized notebook keyboard, so despite the small size it should be reasonable to type on.
Speaking of size, the 0.6-inch body weighs in at just under two pounds, so it should be easy to tote around. That’s nothing like what an actual tablet weighs of course, but for a small notebook it is very light.
My biggest concern with the ChromeBook Flip C100 is the operating system though. Windows devices have been sporting these convertible designs for some time, but Windows 8 was built with touch as a primary input device, and although the Windows store is not as fleshed out as the iOS tablet store, it is certainly more fleshed out that Chrome OS as a tablet OS.
If you are interested in kicking the tires on one of these, they are available now from the ASUS eStore, Newegg.com, and Amazon.com for $249 (2GB) or $299 (4GB).
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GotThumbs - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkSpeaking from the position of one who owns a CB, there are quite a few things that can be done on a CB without network access. The REAL question is how often are you working in a location without network access?
As far as MS Office, there is no need for MS Office, as google provides FREE tools that can do the same thing as Word, Excel and PPT. Regarding Android over ChromeOS, ChromeOS is much more secure and there is no need for any antivirus software, because the system is locked down as it should be for most users out there. When you have people installing anything and everything...that is why they have system instability and open up exposure to malware and viruses.
The beauty about ChromeOS is that it's a very very lite OS and any updates that are needed are quick and painless compared to Windows or even Apples OS.
If you need a powerhouse...then use a windows or apple system, but as more and more ChromeAPPS allow offline use and more and more wifi areas are available, the "Reasons" you've used to bash.
In the end, unless you've even test drove a Chormebook for a week, you really don't know what your talking about IMO.
btw....there are units that have LTE if it's really a must have option for you.
GotThumbs - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkIf you REALLY MUST HAVE MS OFFICE, there is always Office 365.
There are options, but you have to remove any blinders to what it is and what it offers.
lmcd - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - link"as google provides FREE tools that can do" about half of the "same thing as Word, Excel, and PPT."
"When you have people installing anything and everything..." including rogue extensions and apps, "that is why they have system instability and open up exposure to malware and viruses."
"but as more and more ChromeAPPS" add the same bloat and vulnerabilities as any Windows app and "allow offline use and more and more wifi areas are available, the 'Reasons' you've used to bash" Chrome become invalid, and the reasons I've used to bash Windows become valid.
jjj - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkThe average LTE monthly usage in the US in Q1 was 2.2GB. The latest data reported on China was 321MB. So the question is why would anyone pay for LTE in any device when it's juts a very very costly demo.- 10 to 70 MB per day can't be called relevant volumes.
Besides that adding LTE means significantly higher costs and the Qualcomm tax.
One has to also wonder why anyone is still using Office? And if someone can't beat inertia and is still using Office,then it has to be pointed out that even Microsoft is pushing Office 360 instead of on device office.
damianrobertjones - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkSo... my comment was erased.
Pretty poor show anandtech. 16GB is NOT enough storage and, by deleting my post, you're showing that you're just another 'paid for' web site. Shame really.
DigitalFreak - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkIt's more likely you forgot to hit Submit.
jimbo2779 - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linklol
There have been tons of comments questioning Anandtech's integrity since the later stage of Anand's run as the owner. I seriously doubt your comment was deleted where all the others have been left un-moderated.
The mods here seem more likely to rebut what someone states rather than blindly censor it.
damianrobertjones - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkIt was a first post so, while checking to see if Engadget's made accounts invisible, I noticed that my post had vanished.
It was only complaining about the 16GB storage. Nothing serious.
GotThumbs - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkLOL. You're overlooking Google Drive storage and the whole point of the Chromebooks. Stop thinking that this is the same as a laptop. It's not and it's NOT intended to be. Why bother installing programs when you have access to so many via online. You can even use the Citrix Receiver to run full MS Office programs on a Chromebook if your company or school licenses MS Office.
test drive it here.
It's so backwards thinking that you need a large hd on the device. You can install a 128Gig SD if you REALLY feel you need it.
GotThumbs - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - linkJust take a look at what the University of Florida (Go Gaters) has setup for it's students.