Prior to CES, ASUS announced a slew of education-focused Chrome OS products, and now we’ve got one for the consumers. At CES 2019, ASUS has revealed a new premium metal body, edge-to-edge 14-inch Chromebook called the Chromebook Flip C434.
The Chromebook Flip C434 is a 2-in-1 device, ditching the usual plastic we see on such laptops for an all-metal construction. Made of a lightweight aluminium, it has a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen that is edge-to-edge, within the usual footprint of a 13-inch device.
There is also a front-facing camera which remains on the top-edge of the front display, instead of the more annoying position beneath the display (Hi, Dell!)
There is also a full-size chicklet-style keyboard with 1.4mm of key travel and backlighting. The main attraction is the Chromebook Flip’s 360-degree hinge, which allows the display to be flipped over and used like a tablet with ease.
Inside, the Chromebook Flip C434 is powered by an Intel Core i7-8500Y processor, paired with (up to) 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. There are two USB-C ports and a full-size USB-A port, a headphone jack and a Micro SD slot for expansion. This is pwoered by a 48Wh battery.
The company has acknowledged the “wave of premium Chromebooks led by the Google Pixelbook” that cost upwards of USD$1000 (AUD$1,400+). ASUS has stated that the Chromebook Flip C434 is aimed to sit between the high-end and budget Chromebooks.
ASUS’ Chromebook Flip C434 will be available in the coming months, with pricing starting at $569 (or around $797.84 AUD). We’ll be in touch with ASUS Australia to check on local availability.