UPDATE: Acer has just informed me that this configuration was posted in error, and has been removed from the company website.
Designed to work with the cloud, the Chromebook laptop platform wasn't supposed to be about specs of the particular version you purchased. But that hasn't stopped Acer from boosting the parts inside its latest C7 Chromebook.
SlashGear sussed out the new model, the C710-2605, on Acer's website. While it retains some of the same components as the original $199 edition, including the Intel Celeron 847 processor and 11.6-inch 1,366x768 display, it doubles the RAM to 4GB, expands the hard drive to 500GB, and increases the battery capacity to 5,000 mAh. The battery boost should add a couple of hours to the time needed between recharging.
You still get the 100GB of cloud storage through Google Drive for two years, though the irony of adding hard drive space when Google had originally downplayed its role in the Chromebook model is not lost here. RAM was de-emphasized as well, but an extra 2GB couldn't hurt when you're using a Celeron processor.
Ironically, our sister site CNET's review of the $199 C7 praised its hard drive size, though it did ding it for short battery life. If you haven't taken the Chromebook plunge yet, will the improved specs of the C7 convince you to buy one? Let us know in the Talkback section below.