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CES 2020 | Project Athena and NVMe SSDs come to Chromebooks with the Asus Chromebook Flip C436

The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a Project Athena-certified Chromebook. (Source: Asus)
The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a Project Athena-certified Chromebook. (Source: Asus)
Asus has announced the Chromebook Flip C436 at CES 2020. The convertible Chromebook Flip C436 is one of the first Chromebooks to be certified by Intel's Project Athena program and is powered by Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs and a range of NVMe storage options.

So far, Asus's Chromebook Flip series including the Chromebook Flip C433 and C434 sported low-power Intel CPUs. Now, Asus has introduced the Chromebook Flip C436 powered by Intel Comet Lake-U processors and other upgraded internals that should make for a smooth Chrome OS experience. 

The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is among the first Chromebooks to be certified for Project Athena. This basically guarantees that the device will conform to certain specifications for a responsive computing experience. Accordingly, the Chromebook Flip C436 is made of a lightweight magnesium alloy chassis that weighs just 1.1 kg and features a 14-inch NanoEdge FHD touch display with thin bezels (85% screen-to-body ratio). The display covers 100% sRGB and is also compatible with USI styluses with 4,096 pressure levels for pen input. 

The device is powered by Comet Lake-U CPUs with options including the Core i3-10110U, Core i5-10210U, and the Core i7-10510U. The Flip C436 can be configured with 8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3 2166 RAM options and PCIe NVMe Gen3 storage ranging from 128 GB up to 512 GB. The NVMe drive operates in x2 mode and not x4 mode, which is still plenty fast for a Chromebook and is a much better solution than the paltry eMMC options often seen in most models.

There is no Gigabit Ethernet port, but onboard Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 should take care of most online tasks. Physical ports include two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C ports, a microSD card reader (up to 2 TB), and a combo audio jack. Additionally, the Flip C436 also incorporates a fingerprint reader for security, and four omni-directional Harmon-Kardon-certified speakers to help with good audio when used in any of the convertible modes. The bundled 42 Wh battery is expected to offer up to 12 hours of runtime. 

Pricing and availability of the Asus Chromebook Flip C436 are yet to be announced but if the previous Flip C434 launch is anything to go by, expect to see the C436 in shelves sometime in March.

Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436 Specs. (Source: Asus)
Asus Chromebook Flip C436 Specs. (Source: Asus)
 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01- 6 (Update: 2020-01- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.