Asus announced its Chromebook Flip C213 at CES this year as a device for schools. It’s a ruggedized Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge that has rubber bumpers and “modular construction,” so IT departments can replace various pieces if kids destroy the thing. Specs-wise, it features an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and a battery that can reportedly last for up to 12 hours. Asus says its display is Full HD, but the resolution is only listed as 1366x768. It’s also got:
- Intel Apollo Lake Dual-Core N3350 Processor
- 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage
- Two USB-C ports; two USB Type-A ports; microSD card reader; and a headphone jack
- HD front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
The device costs $349 currently with a glass and stylus version (maybe for adults?) launching in September for $399. Asus announced this device at the same time Acer debuted another education-oriented Chromebook, the Chromebook Spin 11. Both companies are clearly trying to conquer more of the school market, although Chromebooks already reportedly represent half the educational market. I’m not sure how often they update their lines, but at least now they have a ruggedized, modular Asus option.
Update 7/12 , 8:36 AM ET: Updated to clarify screen resolution.