Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Asus reveals new Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablet ahead of CES

Asus reveals new Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablet ahead of CES

The company's A-series processors, on the other hand, will be used in Chromebooks from HP and Acer.

When many were expecting CES 2019 to mark the launch of AMD's first 7nm Ryzen chips and Vega 2 graphics cards, Team Red has instead kicked off the show with the somewhat boring announcement of new 12nm Zen+ Ryzen 3000 mobile processors.

This tablet will sport the same version of Chrome OS available on the notebooks and desktops children will likely encounter later as they get older, the company touts. The Asus CT100 Chromebook tablet is expected to be priced around the US$200 mark although pricing and availability is yet to be formally announced. The CT100 will be a new tablet form-factor for Asus, following the lead of the Google Pixel Slate, and feature a 9.7-inch QXGA wide-angle touch display to compete against the iPad.

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Both models have 2x USB-C ports and 2x USB-A ports, 32GB eMMC storage and 4GB memory.

The new series features durability, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboards and all-around rubber bumpers to withstand bashes and bumps Asus believes the kids of today will inflict on the devices. The tablet has the 10mm rubberised chassis that's rated drops up to 100cm. Currently, the Chromebook market is controlled primarily by Intel's chips.

In terms of wireless connectivity, you get 802.11 a/b/g/ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. An all-day battery is promised. The hard, matte plastic exterior gives this laptop a really rugged feeling - it's very confidence-inspiring - and HP says that's to make it attractive to schools (though the Chromebook 14 will be sold in the consumer channel). Charged through a USB-C port a single charge will last up to seven hours. It has 16GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Meanwhile, these new Ryzen 3000 Series APUs, can provide up to 10 hours of battery life, and include features that enable wake on voice, modern standby, smooth PC gaming, and 4K HDR Streaming.

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