ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000: Retailer lists Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook alternative with a 16:10 display
ASUS already sells several convertible Chromebooks, including the Chromebook Flip CM5, the Chromebook CX9400 and the Chromebook Flip CX5500. However, Saturn has revealed that ASUS plans to release another device under its Chromebook Flip line, the CM3000. ASUS is yet to announce the CM3000, but its form factor will be unique among Chromebook Flip machines.
The device looks like the Surface Go 2, in our opinion, with its 10.5-inch display matching the size of Microsoft's budget 2-in-1. The similarities do not end there either, as the CM3000 features a detachable keyboard, a first for the Chromebook Flip lineup. According to Saturn, the CM3000 will weigh 530 g without the keyboard attached, and will measure 255 x 167 mm.
Moreover, the CM3000's display operates natively at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels in a 16:10 aspect ratio, making it not as tall as the 3:2 ratio of the Surface Go 2 and many other 2-in-1 machines. Additionally, the CM3000 supports Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 5 and has a 27 Wh battery that can be charged at up to 45 W via USB Type-C. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack too, along with two cameras.
On the other hand, the MediaTek MT8183 SoC is less exciting. The octa-core chipset is rather underpowered and nearly 30% down on the Snapdragon 765G's performance. According to our database, the MediaTek MT8183 is within 2% of the Snapdragon 690 5G. The CM3000 also has 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM at its disposal and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage.
Saturn has priced the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000 at €449, including VAT and delivery. It seems that ASUS includes a keyboard for that money, but we suspect that the company sells a pen separately. Saturn states that the CM3000 should start shipping from late May. Ultimately, the CM3000 could prove an alternative to the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, which Lenovo announced last year.