CES 2022: Acer’s newest trio of Chromebooks include one with a MediaTek processor

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 has the Kompanio1380 SoC. This is MediaTek’s first octa core flagship SoC.

The MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC powers the new Acer Chromebook Spin 513.

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Acer unveiled three new Chromebook models at CES 20,22. While all three have potential business applications and all are available for purchase, the Chromebook Spin 513 is the most popular due to its MediaTek Kompanio 1380 SoC. 

MediaTek’s flagship SoC is the eight-core Kompanio 1380. The Spin 513 is the first Chromebook to incorporate it. MediaTek offers three levels of Kompanio chips: 500, 800, and 1000. Its 500 and 800 series chips are also used to power several Chromebooks made by different manufacturers. 

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MediaTek teased a 1200 series KompanioIt said it was expected to launch the next generation of flagship chips in late 2021. MediaTek also stated that its next generation of flagship chips could rival Intel’s i7 series, although it is not clear if the 1380 found in the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 chip is the one in question.

Acer’s new CES 2022 chromebooks

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 Chromebook is the first, as mentioned above. This Chromebook has a touchscreen and the MediaTek Kompanio1380. Additionally, the Spin 513 features a 13.5″ display with reduced bezels, meets MIL STD-810H for durability (though not sure which tests it passes), supports Wi Fi 6, has a range of ports, and is reported to have a battery life of 10 hours.

The biggest selling point of the 513 is its Kompanio1380 SoC and slightly lower price Chromebook Spin 713This could be called the Intel-powered version. It also has the same design. If you’re interested in buying an Acer Chromebook Spin 513 you can do so in June 2022 in North America, starting at $599.99, and in EMEA in April 2022 starting at €649.

Acer Chromebook 315 is the second of two new Chromebooks Acer revealed at CES 2022. The screen of the 315 is 15.6 inches. It’s large enough to have a number pad on its keyboard. Professionals who need a mobile workstation, but don’t want the number pad on a large Windows laptop or desktop computer, will love this feature. 

Acer says the Intel-powered Chromebook 315 is also equipped with technology that “allows for clear and reliable video conference calls,” including a FoV HDR camera with flare reduction and dual microphones. You can also choose to have a multi-touch display or a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, which makes it a great choice for staying mobile and not sacrificing screen realty.

The touchpad is a great option for eco-conscious buyers. It’s made out of OceanGlass, which is a recycled plastic made from ocean-bound waste plastic. Acer describes it as having a “glass-like texture”.

The Acer Chromebook 315 will go on sale in North America in January 2022 starting at $299.99, and will be available in EMEA in “late Q1 2022” starting at €399.

Acer Chromebook 314, the third of three Chromebooks Acer displayed at CES, was the most popular. Acer describes this model as a “budget-friendly, portable” Chromebook that is ideal for students and families with children. However, it is also suitable for business use. 

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The 314 is similar to the Spin 513 and vaguely boasts “MIL-STD-810H durability.” It’s an Intel machine that can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. The 314 also features an optional multi-touch screen and OceanGlass trackpad, as well as many other features found in the 315. However, it has a smaller 14 inch display. 

Acer also mentioned a 314-series enterprise model in its CES promotional literature, but didn’t mention separate specs or what features it has that the 314 standard Acer Chromebook 314 does not have. Zero-touch enrollment and other features are a hallmark of Acer’s enterprise Chromebooks. Acer offers features in its enterprise Chromebook offerings are likely the key difference.

The Acer Chromebook 314 will go on sale in North America in June starting at $299.99, and in EMEA in April 2022 starting at €369. The enterprise model may be priced differently. 

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