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ASUS plans “most affordable Chromebook to date”

by Jacob Kleinman | March 20, 2015March 20, 2015 4:00 pm PDT

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Chromebooks are getting more powerful every day, but a new model from ASUS could focus on a budget-friendly price over high-end specs or a flashy design. It’s not official yet, but a new leak appears to confirm the company’s plan to offer the “most affordable Chromebook to date.”

The new ASUS Chromebook C201 recently popped up in an American educational gadget catalogue, where it was spotted by OMG! Chrome! alongside several other devices. Beyond the promise of a low price, the leak also reveals a full list of specs. The new Chromebook apparently sports an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768-pixel display, a quad-core Rockchip processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2/4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a VGA webcam.

That doesn’t exactly make for an impressive Chromebook, especially compared to Google’s new Pixel or Acer’s 15-inch model. Clearly ASUS is going an entirely different route, offering a cheap device that’s aimed at schools not individual shoppers. Hopefully it will also be available to regular consumers too, since this C201 looks like it might just be the perfect backup laptop.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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