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Acer refreshes C7 Chromebook; adds more memory, bigger battery

Acer announced a new version of its existing Chromebook, the C7, on which still runs on an Intel Celeron 847 processor clocked at 1.1GHz but which doubles the onboard system memory to 4GB and doubles the battery life from 3.5 hours to nearly seven hours.

The rest of the specification remains the same; a 320GB hard disk drive, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a SD card slot, a 2,500mAh battery, an Ethernet port, HD webcam, three USB 2.0 ports and a HDMI port.

The original C7 was unveiled back in November 2012 and you can check the review of this Acer Chromebook here.

The price of the device goes up significantly with Acer bumping the price from $199.99 to $279.99 in the US. The cheaper iteration of the C7 costs £199.99 in the UK which means that the dearer version would cost around £280.

In comparison, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 only costs a £230 but is significantly different (flash memory, different architecture,

The launch happens on the day Sundar Pichar, the head of every Chrome at Google (opens in new tab) (and that include Chromebooks) took over Android from Andy Rubin, who introduced the concept and spearheaded the idea of an open source mobile operating system at Google.

Désiré Athow

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 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.