What you need to know
- Google has partnered with Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo to launch new Chromebook Plus models.
- These all meet Google's minimum requirements for a Chromebook Plus device.
- Pricing starts at $399, and all of these will be available starting on October 8.
It's one thing for Google to announce its new Chromebook Plus initiative, but without the help of OEM partners, we would probably still be wondering exactly what the point was. As we saw last year with the surprise launch of gaming Chromebooks, Google is partnering with the likes of Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo to launch a lineup of Chromebook Plus laptops for you to choose from.
All of these options meet the minimum requirements that Google has laid out for the Chromebook Plus program. This includes pricing that starts at $399, along with featuring a Full HD IPS display, a 1080p webcam, and at least 8GB of RAM. So, if you're wondering what Chromebook Plus models you should consider, we've rounded them all up.
Acer is coming out swinging for the fences with two new Chromebook Plus models, starting with the Chromebook Plus 515. This is the larger of the two, as it features a 15.6-inch FHD display and also offers the most flexibility with six different processor configurations to choose from. If you're a fan of options, the Chromebook Plus 515 will probably be the way to go.
That's not to say that the Chromebook Plus 514 is a slouch by any means. But instead of relying on Intel for its processing prowess, this 14-inch Chromebook is powered by AMD's Ryzen 3 7320C or Ryzen 5 7520C. You'll still get up to 512GB of storage, all-day battery life, and all of the great features coming to ChromeOS.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Acer Chromebook Plus 515||Acer Chromebook Plus 514|
|Display||15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS; 250 nits; Touchscreen optional||14" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS; 16:10; 250 nits|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-1215U / Core i3-1305U / Core i3-1315U / Core i5-1235U / Core i5-1335U / Core i7-1355U||AMD Ryzen 3 7320C / Ryzen 5 7520C|
|RAM||8GB / 16GB LPDDR5X||8GB / 16GB LPDDR5X|
|Storage||128GB UFS; 256GB / 512GB NVMe SSD||128GB UFS; 256GB / 512GB NVMe SSD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.1||Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.1|
|Webcam||1080p FHD||1080p FHD|
|Ports||2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C; 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A; 1x HDMI 1.4; 1x 3.5mm audio combo jack||2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C; 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A; 1x HDMI 1.4; 1x 3.5mm Audio Combo Jack|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Dimensions||14.2 x 9.39 x 0.79-inches||12.56 x 8.96 x 0.84-inches|
ASUS is getting in on the fun with two new models of its own, starting with the ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34. This device features a 14-inch touchscreen display and up to Intel's Core i7-1255U processor. Not only will you have plenty of power, but the CX34 also features a wide array of ports, up to 10 hours of battery life, and starts at just $399.
The company is also launching its ASUS Chromebook Plus CM34 Flip. However, ASUS did not share the final spec sheet for the device ahead of the announcement.
|Header Cell - Column 0||ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34|
|Display||14" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS; 250 nits; Touchscreen option|
|Processor||12th Gen Intel Core i3-1215U / Core i5-1235U / Core i7-1255U|
|RAM||4GB / 8GB / 16GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB UFS; 512GB M.2 SSD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5.2|
|Webcam||1080p FHD w/ Webcam Shield|
|Ports||2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C; 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A; 1x HDMI 1.4; 1x 3.5mm audio combo jack|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours|
While we give HP a lot of praise in regards to how incredible its Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is, the company also has some pretty great offerings that won't break the bank. Like the others launching new models, HP is releasing both a 15.6-inch and 14-inch Chromebook Plus laptop.
The HP Chromebook Plus 15.6 inch is great for those who just want to browse the web and maybe play some lighter games on a larger screen. It's powered by the Intel Core i3-N305 and is paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Battery life is also expected to be superb as HP rates it to last for up to 13 hours.
If you want a bit more power and flexibility, then the HP Chromebook Plus x360 14c is the way to go. It has a smaller 14-inch display and relies on Intel's Core i3-1215U or Core i5-1235U chips paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Battery life falls a bit short compared to the Chromebook Plus 15.6, but it will still get you through the day without much of a hassle.
|Header Cell - Column 0||HP Chromebook Plus 15.6 inch||HP Chromebook Plus x360 14c|
|Display||15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080 IPS; 144Hz; 250 nits||14" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS; Touchscreen; 250 nits|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-N305||12th Gen Intel Core i3-1215U / Core i5-1235U|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR5||8GB / 16GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB UFS||128GB / 256GB / 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.3||Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.3|
|Webcam||1080p FHD||1080p FHD|
|Ports||2x USB Type-C; 1x USB Type-A; 1x 3.5mm Audio Combo Jack; 1x microSD card reader||2x USB Type-C; 1x USB Type-A; 1x 3.5mm Audio Combo Jack; 1x microSD card reader|
|Battery||Up to 13 hours||Up to 10.5 hours|
|Dimensions||14.28 x 9.51 x 0.78-inches||12.33 x 8.68 x 0.71-inches|
Rounding out the pack is Lenovo, with a couple of Chromebook Plus models of its own. The ultra-popular Flex 5i is getting a massive upgrade, as it's now powered by Intel's 13th Gen processors and is paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It also sports a 14-inch touchscreen display capable of reaching up to 300 nits of peak brightness.
Lenovo's Slim 3i Chromebook Plus is also impressive in its own right, as it is rated to last for up to 12 hours on a single charge. The 14-inch display can be configured as a touchscreen or just a standard display but is also capable of reaching up to 300 nits of brightness.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook Plus||Lenovo Slim 3i Chromebook Plus|
|Display||14" 16:10 FHD IPS; Touchscreen; 300 nits||14" FHD IPS; Touchscreen (optional) ; 300 nits|
|Processor||13th Gen Intel Core i3-1315U / Core i5-1334U||Intel Core i3-N305|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR4X||8GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128GB eMMC; 128GB / 256GB SSD||128GB / 256GB eMMC|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 / 6E; Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 6 / 6E; Bluetooth 5.1|
|Webcam||1080p FHD w/ privacy shutter||1080p FHD w/ privacy shutter|
|Ports||1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C; 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C; 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A; 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack; 1x microSD card slot; 1x Kensington Nano Security Slot||1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C; 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A; 1x HDMI 1.4b; 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack; 1x microSD card slot; 1x Kensington Lock|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Dimensions||12.4 x 9.0 x 0.8-inches (315.5 x 229 x 19.7mm)||12.8 x 8.5 x 0.8-inches (324.4 x 216.2 x 19.3mm)|
It's a start
Looking through the list, you might have noticed that none of these Chromebooks cost more than $649. We aren't sure whether this was done intentionally, as this could just be the first phase of a larger plan to make the process of purchasing a Chromebook easier.
It will be interesting to see if Google begins rolling out categories to help differentiate Chromebooks based on price and features. An example of this is with Acer's Chromebook Spin 714 or even HP's Dragonfly Pro Chromebook. Both of these models easily meet Google's requirements, but it's unknown whether all of the unique Chromebook Plus features will come to those models.
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Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.