Acer’s New Chromebook 13 Is Bringing In 4K Rendering Ability
by Stephan Jukic – August 11th, 2014
Acer, a company that has already previously released some pioneering products with 4K related capabilities –such as its line of smartphones which were some of the first with 4K video shooting power in their cameras—is now coming out with a relatively low cost Chromebook 13 that also has a 4K capable processor built into it.
The Chromebook 13 is a neat little machine with a 13.3 inch screen but thanks to its internal Tegra K1 processor built by Nvidia, the machine is powerful enough to smoothly render fully 4K display at 3.840 x 2,160 pixels. In fact, the Chromebook 13 is one of the first laptops on the market with the powerful Tegra K1 chip inside it.
The laptop itself won’t come with a 4K display, though there are several other brands on the market that do have this feature, but it will be equipped with HDMI 2.0 ports that let it connect to a 4K TV or display monitor that can display content in the resolution level.
Two models of the Chromebook 13 will be going on sale shortly. One will come with a Full HD 1920 x 1080p display and the other with a more modest 720p (1366 x 768 pixels) display. The starting price, for the lower display model, will be $279 USD and the higher HD model will be slightly pricier.
Battery life on the new Chromebook will range from 11.5 to 13 hours depending on display resolution and the entire package weighs in at just 1.5 kilos (a little over 3 pounds). The Chromebook 13 will also come with 32 GM of HD storage (with the rest being available in the Google Cloud), full WiFi, two USB 3.0 ports and 4GB of DRAM.
Chromebooks by their very design are built to run almost entirely in the cloud under conditions of full connectivity, thus the low HD space on the 13. However, where this little machine excels is in its graphics capacities. Here it matches some of the best full-feature laptops despite its very low price.
The K1 chip is one very powerful unit and designed for high intensity graphic rendering, which this particular Chromebook could then stream from online sources such as Netflix and YouTube with ease despite its low memory specs and low price overall.
Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular as the laptops of choice with people who do their work or leisure activities on the basis of constant web connectivity. In exchange for very small internal memory, these laptops offer very high quality processing and display specs that are useful over a powerful internet connection. Currently, some 35% of all laptop sales in the U.S consist of Chromebooks from major manufacturers such as Acer, Samsung and others.
In fact, the Acer Chromebook 13 is similar to the Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3, which comes with a 13.5 inch display and an also heavy duty eight-core Exynos processor that is similar in power to the Tegra K1 in the Acer version.
Overall, the Acer Chromebook 13, along with its hardcore processing chip, is one extremely well priced laptop given its capacity to render 4K video streams on any UHD screen it connects to via HDMI.
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