ASUS Chromebook C200 now up for pre-order for $249 from Amazon

By Alexandra Burlacu | May 22, 2014 08:16 AM EDT

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The ASUS C200 Chromebook is now up for pre-order on Amazon with a $249 price tag, set to start shipping on June 10.

This new offering from ASUS launches as one of the first Chrome OS devices to pack an Intel Bay Trail processor. More specifically, the ASUS C200 Chromebook comes with an Intel Celeron N2830 processor, which means a dual-core 64-bit chip with a 7.5W TDP, a 2.16 clock speed and burst frequencies up to 2.41GHz. This low-power chip should provide extended battery life so that the notebook can last for a good while on a single charge.

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Other specs of the C200 Chromebook include an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage capacity. The chip can support up to 8GB of RAM, but it remains unclear at this point whether users will actually be able to upgrade the ASUS C200 with that much RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB 2.0 port. In terms of weight and dimensions, the device measures 12 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches and weighs in at 2.5 pounds, which means it's quite portable.

According to ASUS, the C200 Chromebook should deliver up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge due to its low-power processor coupled with a 48 Whr battery. When it comes to design and functionality, although this Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display, ASUS has packed its C200 notebook with a full-size touchpad as found on normal 14-inch laptops.

In addition to this 11.6-inch model, ASUS will also be launching a lightly larger version with a 13-inch display, which will debut as the C300 Chromebook. That model will have the same overall specs, with the difference that it will come with a bigger screen, a 0.9-thick body and a 3.1-pound weight.

For now, however, customers interested in a new and affordable Chromebook can now pre-order the ASUS C200 from Amazon for $249. As previously mentioned, orders will ship starting on June 10. For more information about the C200 and C300 Chromebooks, check out ASUS' website at this link.



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