For a short while visitors to the Newegg retail web site had an opportunity to view a listing, since pulled, for an ASUS C302CA laptop. This is significant in that ASUS has not yet officially unveiled or announced the device, which appears to continue the company’s efforts in production of flip style Chromebooks. This particular iteration has the markings of a move up to a more premium spot in the spectrum of available devices.
Based on what has been discovered and the information that was available prior to Newegg pulling the data, the new ASUS Chromebook will be equipped with a 12.5-inch full 1080p HD screen. That will be powered by an Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of onboard storage. All of this is a step up for ASUS which has typically used Rockchip processors and less than top tier hardware in the past, like last year’s Chromebook Flip.
From a design standpoint, the new ASUS device appears to continue with a svelte all-metal design and is equipped with two USB-C ports and a microSD reader. The larger display and perhaps some extra cooling engineered into the device to help with the beefier processor means users will have to put up with an extra 2.7 pounds of weight and a half inch of extra thickness. Overall though, the new ASUS device appears to be moving in the direction of devices like the Chromebook Pixel or the HP Chromebook 13.
ASUS is expected to reveal this new device next week at CES 2017 and the listing on Newegg should likely reappear after that. We should have an update on all the official details as part of our coverage of CES 2017.