Chromebooks are slowly but surely becoming the popular choice when it comes to daily computing needs as more people have come to rely on cloud services. The rise in popularity is also fuelled by Google’s decision to provide Google Play access to Chromebooks, as well as the new-found ability to run Linux apps through Project Crostini. Higher end Chromebooks with Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs are also in the works, so we absolutely expect this space to perform well in the future.
Banking on this expected rise in popularity, ASUS is launching a new entry-level Chromebook with a compact design to attract new customers in Europe. Meet the ASUS Chromebook C223:
The ASUS Chromebook C223 comes with an 11.6-inch non-touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. While the device has not been released yet, leaked renders of the upcoming Chromebook show a thin and flat profile, which appears to be made out of plastic primarily, with an expected weight of around 1.23 kg.
Powering the Chromebook C223 is an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC with a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and a burst performance mode with a clock speed of up to 2.4 GHz. The SoC is based on the Apollo Lake platform and the chip is manufactured on a 14nm FinFET process. There are no active cooling elements in the laptop, and keeping in mind the OS and its needs, passive cooling should be sufficient for the most part. The Chromebook C223 also comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable through the microSD card slot. Rest of the port setup on this device includes two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port, and a headphone jack. There is no SIM card slot, nor an Ethernet port available on the device, so you will have to primarily rely on WiFi for your internet needs.
|Specs||ASUS Chromebook C223|
|Display Size||11.6-inch LED backlit, 1366×768|
|Display Resolution||1366 x 768|
|SoC||Intel Celeron N3350;|
Base clock speed @ 1.1GHz,
TurboBoost up to 2.4GHz
|Ports||2x USB Type-C;|
1x USB Type-A;
1x microSD card slot;
1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
|Battery||2 Cells 38 Whrs Polymer Battery|
|Size||286 x 199 x 17.25 mm, 999g|
The ASUS Chromebook C223 will soon be released in Europe with an expected price of €320 (~$375) for the base variant. The laptop will, of course, come with Google’s Chrome OS, and will include support for installing Android apps.
ASUS queityly made this Chromebook official on their website. We have updated the spec chart above with a few more details. Pricing and availability has not yet been officially announced.