Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Should be Available in March

Debuting at CES 2019 is the Asus Chromebook C434 flip model but the device is still in the works. Even so, on paper, it has just about everything you’d want in a follow up to the Flip C302, from fresh new processors to a large display with minimal bezels.

Let’s hit the specs first, then discuss what they’ll mean for potential buyers as well as a few comparisons to the prior model, starting with the three fanless processor configurations:

  • Intel Core M3-8100Y, 2C/4T, 1.1GHz (4MB cache, up to 3.4GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-8200Y, 2C/4T, 1.3GHz (4MB cache, up to 3.9GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-8500Y, 2C/4T, 1.5GHz (4MB cache, up to 4.2GHz)
  • 14” LED-backlit IPS NanoEdge display, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1280 with 5mm bezels and 360-degree hinge
  • Up to 8GB LPDDR3
  • Up to 128GB eMMC
  • MicroSD card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port (all ports are USB 3.1)
  • Backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad
  • HD webcam, presumably 720p based on the lack of a “FullHD” mention
  • 48 WHr battery, no estimated run-time yet
  • 3.2 pounds

About the only thing missing would be a digital stylus and support for it with the Asus Chromebook 434.  That display is a big upgrade from the C302, which only showed 45% of the NTSC color gamut. This one supports 100% sRGB color, which is a huge improvement.

Aside from the step down from Intel U-Series to Y-Series chips, as well as screen resolution, the new Asus Chromebook C434 is similar to the Acer Chromebook Spin 13.  I’m thinking that the similarly configured Asus Chromebook C434 models will be between $100 and $150 less than the 13 Spin. Extrapolate that out and you get $650 or so for the mid-range C434, with the base hopefully starting at $549 to $599.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Kevin C. Tofel in About Chromebooks, follow this link for the complete article and more details.

Here are some additional sources to get different viewpoints on this new model: liliputing, 9TO5Google, Slash Gear, ANDROID POLICE, and GADGET BRIDGE