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Acer To Introduce AC700 Chromebook

Acer has officially unveiled its first Chromebook, the AC700, in the US; the device has already been on Google's dedicated Chrome website for a few weeks.

It will apparently be the first in a series of products from Acer that will use Google's Chrome operating system. Like the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, the AC700 promises to have a 10-second boot time, full compatibility with Google's online services and a built-in hardware security solution based on the principles of "defense in depth".

As expected the device comes with an Intel Atom N570 dual core processor, Flash compatibility, 2GB RAM, a 16GB flash drive, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB ports, a card reader, six hours battery life, an HDMI port plus an oversized clickable touchpad.

Acer chose an 11.6-inch WXGA touchscreen display, which we prefer to the bog standard 1280x800 pixels found on the Samsung Chromebook.

The device will go on sale in the US at the end of the month for $349.99 ($90 less than the Samsung Series 5) and a model with 3G will come later in the summer. Neither Acer nor Google have confirmed when the laptop will go on sale in the UK though.

Other vendors like Asus or Dell are expected to launch their own Chromebook devices as well, and we can't help but wonder whether Acer will release a bigger model (15-inch laptop) or a completely different product (set top box for example).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.