Chromebook space heating up: Asus launches two models

Summary:Hot on the heels of two new Chromebooks from Lenovo, Asus joins the fray with the C200 and C300 Chromebooks.

Another day, another two new Chromebooks get unwrapped. Hot on the heals of Lenovo's announcement of the N20 and N20p Chromebooks , Asus unveils the C200 and C300. The new Chromebooks come in two sizes and promise battery life of 10 hours.

Asus C200 Chromebook
Asus C200 Chromebook Image: Asus

The C200 and C300 Chromebooks are 11.6 and 13.3 inches, respectively. Both have Intel Bay Trail processors inside and either two or four GB of memory. This is coupled with either 16 or 32GB of storage.

Hardware specs:

  C200 C300
Processor Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.42GHz Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.42GHz
Display 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 13.3-inch, 1,366 x 768
Memory 2GB 4GB
Storage 16/32GB 32GB
Wireless Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, BT 4.0 Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, BT 4.0
Ports USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio, SD slot USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio, SD slot
Webcam 720p 720p
Dimensions 12.0 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches 13.0 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
Weight 2.5 lbs 3.1 lbs

Both the C200 and C300 Chromebooks have much the same hardware, with display size and system memory (2GB and 4GB) the primary differences. The larger C300 comes standard with 32GB of storage while the C200 is offered with either 16 or 32GB.

Asus C300 Chromebook
Asus C300 Chromebook Image: Asus

It is nice to see that Asus has included the faster 802.11ac in both of the Chromebooks. That is somewhat surprising for inexpensive laptops.

The only pricing Asus has given for the C200 and C300 is a starting price of $249.99. That's probably the C200, given the smaller size, although it is not clear. They will be available at the end of June.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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