Acer announces four new Chromebooks, two of which are 2-in-1s [Update]

While we sit around dreaming of what we'll see with the Pixelbook 2, Acer's got a few new Chromebooks for us to check out in the form of the Chromebook 15, Chromebook Spin 15, Chromebook 13, and Chromebook Spin 13.

The 13-series Chromebooks are actually the more powerful of the bunch, so let's start there. Both come with 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 IPS displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio, but the Chromebook Spin 13 comes with a 2-in-1 design that allows you to flip the keyboard back and use it like a tablet. There's also Wacom stylus support if you're into that sort of thing.

Powering the Chromebook 13/Spin 13 is your choice between 8th-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors (non-North American markets also have Pentium and Celeron configs for the 13). The 13 comes with 8GB RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage while the Spin 13 offers 8GB/16GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of eMMC storage.

As for ports, you'll find two USB 3.1 Type-C ones, a full-sized USB 3.0 Type-A, and a microSD card slot.

Moving over to the Chromebook 15 and Spin 15, these actually have less impressive specs than the two 13-inch models. Go figure.

The screen for both models measures in at 15.6-inches with a 1920 x 1080 IPS panel. The processor selection includes two Intel Celeron options and one Pentium chip, you can get up to 8GB RAM, and you've got a choice between 32GB and 64GB of eMMC storage. The port selection is the same as the 13 series.

As for pricing and availability, Acer has confirmed that the Chromebook 13 will start at $649.99 while the Chromebook Spin 13 will be $749.99. Sales for both machines will begin in the U.S. starting in September.

The $349 Chromebook 15 has yet to make its way to the U.S., but the Chromebook Spin 15 is available now for $449 (opens in new tab).

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Updated August 2, 2018: Updated with new pricing and availability info.

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  • Price for Spin 13 ?
  • $450 USD
  • That's what the article says is the price for the spin 15, are you saying they're the same (I doubt that)
  • The article says $750
  • Hope to see these at Best Buy because have the first gen 13 and love it. Touchscreen and more RAM would be great though.
  • At $749 I think I will gonfir the Pixelbook though.
  • I was thinking the same thing. Wishing I would have jumped on the last Pixelbook sale, since I had passed it up waiting on the Spin 13.
  • Nice! I'd like to replace my Toshiba Chromebook 2 with one of theses 13-series Chromebooks.
  • These look promising, but I have one beef. this is not with just Acer but chromebooks in general. Bezels....Even the premium pixel book with a premium price tag has thick bezels. Dell can make an xps 13 with a touch screen for the same price point. Why can't we get a chrome book with a premium screen like that?
  • I'd like to see Lenovo bring out a Miix 320 Chromebook
  • Very good, I think the Spin 13 has my name on it. Finally, a decent resolution.
  • Interesting that Acer has given up on ARM CPUs, after the old Chromebook 13. You'd think that ARM would have made some progress in the years since the Cortex A72 core was released, but we've yet to see any more modern ARM CPUs in Chromebooks.
  • I love my R13. The Spin13 looks like a nice upgrade.
  • Sounds like I'm waiting for my tax returns 1Q of next year for my new laptop. Might even splurge on the 16gb /128gb model if it's available in the States.
  • So no pen support for the 15" correct?
  • Tough price point for the Spin 13 though with the pixelbook regularly going for around $750. I mean the Spin 13 is certainly a more powerful machine, but I doubt the build quality will be quite up to par with the pixelbook. We also have to see about the keyboard and trackpad.
  • 13 and Spin 13 are over priced
  • Agreed. At that price I would rather get a Pixel Book.