Asus has just revealed three new Chromebooks as part of its new range of laptops for CES. The Chromebook CX9 and Chromebook Flip CX5 / C536 (different names depending on your market) are powered by new 11th generation Intel hardware, while the Chromebook Flip CM5 uses 3,000 series Ryzen chips.
The Chromebook CX9 is geared towards the business and corporate environment, offering a modern laptop-style design that includes a 14 “FHD (1080p) NanoEdge display and an ultra-lightweight magnesium alloy bezel that ASUS meets military test standards. It’s 16mm thin. weighs about 1 kg, and has a fingerprint sensor.
The screen is available in a Pantone-confirmed variety if you need a high degree of color accuracy. The CX9 also has two M.2 expansion slots, which ASUS will configure up to the ridiculous 4TB of storage and you can also get a lot of RAM. It is also the only new model that has a camera privacy shutter. Unfortunately, the release date and price are unknown.
Chromebook Flip CX5 / C536
Depending on which market you are in, Asus will call this the CX5 or C536, but as far as we can tell, they are the same Chromebook.
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Configuration options vary, with 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128-512 GB of storage. The 5.68-inch touchpad is also glass, and the keyboard has a 1.4 mm keystroke. Asus says this Chromebook should last up to 12 hours at a charge.
Again, pricing is unknown and ASUS has not said when it will actually materialize.
Chromebook Flip CM5
For some reason, Asus has decided to give the CM5 a bit of a “gaming” aesthetic, with WASD keys locked in color for all the games you’ll make on your Chromebook. Maybe the only thing More ▼ useful for a gaming laptop is the 2 in 1 design, so you can use the monster as tablet / s.
I’m kidding, but some people who are seriously interested in Stadia can actually appreciate these touches, I guess. Other CM5 specs options come just below some of the newly announced Chromebooks, with RAM options up to 4GB and return to eMMC-based storage, while the other two models are avoided.
It’s also a Ryzen-powered device that sets it apart, and we can’t wait to see how these new chips perform on the Chromebook. When it comes to games, it probably doesn’t matter much. Stadia is a streaming service and any additional appearance on this side of the internet connection will probably be superfluous. However, good performance will help play titles locally, such as Android games that you can play on your Chromebook.
According to yooj today, not a word about when it will land or how much it will cost.
The Chromebook market is exploding and school happens remotely for many of us. They are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to access your screen and keyboard online and may not be very exciting, but they are here to stay. Asus’ new lineup has some significant line-ups in terms of specs, and we’ll be happy to look at them once they materialize – when they actually turn out.