The brand new 10-inch Asus Chromebook Flip confidently follows within the footsteps of its 12-inch large brother. Changing the 2015 mannequin, the laptop computer impresses with an analogous, compact and versatile design and $299 (£349) value. AU pricing and availability have but to be introduced, however pricing converts to AU$375.

With entry to the Google Play Retailer in beta mode, the Asus is extra helpful than its predecessor. It may possibly set up and run most Android apps, though some work higher on the larger laptop computer display than others.

It has a brand new processor designed for Chromebooks that run Android apps. Do not mistake this for a higher-end Chromebook with a mainstream Intel CPU, but it surely nonetheless runs apps and performs different fundamental Chrome OS duties quick and easily sufficient for it to be a fantastic travel-friendly laptop computer that children can even take pleasure in.

One of many smallest and lightest Chromebooks round.

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Fairly and petite

The Asus Chromebook Flip’s petite and light-weight dimensions make it straightforward to journey with. But, it nonetheless feels stable and appears fashionable, because of its all-metal and glass design.

Dimensions

1.9lbs (862g)zero.6-inch thick (15mm)

The brushed aluminum chassis and black keyboard keys give it a MacBook-esque look when open, although the Chrome brand on the lid (and the lowercase keyboard) is a useless giveaway.

The laptop computer has a 360-degree hinge that enables the keyboard to utterly fold over to prop up like a tent, flip over like a stand or utterly flip over to remodel right into a pill.

Prepared for App-tion

Chrome OS revolves round Google’s Chrome internet browser, however with the addition of the Google Play Retailer, the laptop computer turns into extra like an Android system. Now, think about a processor inside a processor that is solely devoted to powering apps. That is a easy method of describing what’s within the Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA. It is the identical SoC (system on a chip) discovered contained in the $350 Samsung Chromebook Plus.

With the Netflix app, it may well obtain TV reveals and flicks for offline viewing.

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Specs

Rockchip 3399 CPU4GB RAM16GB inner storageTwo USB-C three.1 portsUSB 2.zero portMicroSD card slot

The ARM-based Rockchip 3399 CPU consists of a dual-core Cortex-A72 and a quad-core Cortex-A53 with a separate coprocessor that is designed particularly for Chromebooks working Android Apps. The processor runs alongside 4GB of RAM. It solely has 16GB of inner storage, making the MicroSD card growth slot a necessary function for these taken with downloading many apps.

Efficiency is not the quickest, but it surely’s nonetheless an excellent performer, particularly for a finances Chromebook. Apps ran easily and launched comparatively quick, so long as there weren’t many apps or home windows open within the background.

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