Asus is releasing a new mid-range Chromebook, the C423, which features a 180-degree hinge and an optional touchscreen.
The new 14-inch Chromebook from Asus follows HP's launch of the 14-inch touch display Chromebook X360 14, which has a 14-hour battery life and can be configured with 8th generation Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs.
Asus is offering the aluminum Chromebook C423 with a 14-inch FHD touchscreen and an Intel Pentium quad-core N4200 CPU, as well as one with a standard HD display that's powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core CPU.
The touchscreen option comes with thin bezels on the sides that measure 5.8mm.
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Both models come with up to 8GB of SDRAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage. There are also two Type-A USB ports, two Type-C USB ports with display and power support, a microSD slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an HD webcam.
The Chromebook C423 also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Asus says the device has a 10-hour battery life.
It measures 12.7in by 9in and is 0.63in thick (322.6mm x 228mm x 16.1mm) and it weighs between 1.2 kg and 1.34 kg, depending on the exact specifications.
Asus says it has tested the device's 180-degree hinge with 20,000 opens and closes to ensure it will last.
The company hasn't revealed pricing or availability details yet, though it's likely to cost less than the $599 HP is asking for its new Chromebook.
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This model, $229 new, comes with a six-month warranty. Plus: A killer sound bar deal, and that little portable speaker is DEFINITELY $8 now.