Acer Made The Touchscreen Chromebook We’ve Been Waiting For

Acer Made The Touchscreen Chromebook We’ve Been Waiting For

At the IFA show in Berlin, Acer is showing off its new Chromebook R13, which is the industry’s first convertible Chromebook with a 13-inch display.

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Acer, Asus and others already have Chromebooks in the 10 and 11-inch space that can double as tablets, but this is the first time we’re seeing a larger iteration of a Chrome OS machine that can backflip.

The R13 has a 13.3-inch touchscreen display that can be bent into a tablet. The screen appears solid too. It’s an IPS panel with 1080p resolution and 10-point touch capabilities, which supports tapping, swiping and pinch-to-zoom gestures.

A lot of companies (including HP) don’t see the need to include a touchscreen for Chromebooks — Chrome OS isn’t intended for touch and adding a touchscreen drives cost up. Still, it’s a feature that is going to become more and more useful, especially once Android apps hit Chromebooks in the next few months.

The Chromebook R13 has a USB-C port, USB 3.0 and HDMI out. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and includes a 720p webcam. It’s available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and all models include 4GB of RAM.

These are pretty basic specs for a Chromebook, but the benefit of having a large screen that can double as a tablet could be enticing for plenty of users. Plus, we dig its reported 12-hour battery life.

In the US, the starting price for the Chromebook R13 is $US400 ($532), and it will be available in October. Australian pricing and availability have not yet been announced.