Asus Chromebook Flip C213 now listed on Amazon
Asus’ Chromebook Flip C302 made quite a splash in the Chromebook market when it was released earlier this year. The compact 2-in-1 quickly leaped to the top of several “Best Of” lists. Asus may keep that train rolling with the Chromebook Flip C213, a rugged convertible running Google’s Chrome OS.
The Chromebook Flip C213 looks like a very capable machine, at least in Chromebook terms:
- Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 CPU
- 4 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of eMMC flash storage
- 2x USB 3.0 Type-C ports
- 2x USB Type-A ports (not known if 2.0 or 3.0)
- MicroSD card slot
- 45 Wh battery (rated at 12 hours of battery life)
The C213 is a 2-in-1 with a common 360-degree style hinge and an 11.6-inch touchscreen. This device sports some interesting features, though. For one, the screen can be configured with either a 1366x768 or 1600x900 resolution. The latter is very uncommon for lower-end Chromebooks, where 768p is much more common. The device also has a rugged build and has a Mil-STD-810G drop resistance rating. The keyboard is also spill proof, which will surely be a godsend for its target market: classrooms. There’s also a camera at the top section of the keyboard, which is meant to be used to record a lecture while the device is in “tent” mode.
While the C213 is meant for the education market, it seems like a great Chromebook overall. The rugged design, the solid specs, and the option for an HD+ screen make this device stand out in a growing sea of underwhelming Chrome OS devices. Add to that support for the Google Play Store and Android apps, and Asus may have another smash hit on its hands if they market it correctly.
The Asus C213 is currently listed on Amazon as "Currently unavailable," but other retailers have pegged the price at about $350. No word on official availability.