Chromebooks are very fashionable during the Back to School period, so it’s no wonder that the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 just debuted in Japan. The device is now up on preorder, even though interestingly it’s not available in US or Europe yet. Not to be confused with the rugged Chromebook Flip C213.
This is an update for the 2015 Chromebook Flip C100, that keeps the specs in the midrange area. The newcomer has a much improved CPU, that’s the main innovation. It also comes with a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display and a 360 degree hinge, that lets you flip the screen around. Originally introduced in May, the laptop relies on a hexa core Rockchip OP1 processor, which is very similar, if not identical with the Rockchip RK3399.
It relies on two ARM Cortex A72 cores and four Cortex A53 cores, plus provides Mali-T860 MP4 graphics. Other specs of the new Chromebook Flip include WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers, an USB Type-C port, USB 2.0, microSDXC card reader and audio jack, plus a 33 Wh battery. The memory quantity is 4 GB for the RAM and 32 GB for storage, but there’s also talk of a 2 GB RAM model and 16 GB storage on board.
This 2 pound machine goes for around 42.984 yen in Japan, which is around $393 after conversion. No word on its Western debut yet.