ASUS today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas announced its new Chromebook Flip (C302CA). On the surface, it might not look like much has changed, but ASUS is making some serious moves forward with this latest rendition.
For one, all of your traditional USB-A ports are gone. Instead, ASUS went with the newer standard: USB Type-C. We’ll only see more manufacturers moving towards the adoption of Type-C (and nixing USB-A) as time goes on.
Other than that, you get a versatile 12.5-inch 1080p touchscreen. This is the crux of the Chromebook Flip. Unlike other Chromebooks, the Flip can be folded all the way back to take around as a tablet. Or, if you “flip” it right, you could go for a tablet-and-dock style as well in addition to it being able to sit in the traditional laptop formation.
And, since Google Play has been brought to Chrome OS, you’ll be able to download all of your favorite Android apps for work or play on the go.
As far as the hardware package goes, you get an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (one of the larger options as far as Chromebooks go), two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD slot. There’s little information on how long the battery lasts, but you should be able to get a full day out of it with its 39Wh battery without a hitch.
The new ASUS Chromebook Flip (C302CA) is available today, with pricing sitting at $500.