Did Acer Just Announce a Cloudbook?

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 51 Comments

Did Acer Just Announce a Cloudbook?

Microsoft and Acer are promoting a number of new Windows 10 PCs today. And of them—a low-end laptop that’s arriving in June—looks an awful lot like a Cloudbook. Meaning, a PC running Windows 10 Cloud.

You can see the full list of new Acer PCs at Microsoft’s Windows Experience Blog, along with a separate post about coming Acer gaming PCs.

But the very first PC on the list really stands out, given the recent rumors about Windows 10 Cloud. As Mary Jo Foley reported recently, this coming new generation of Windows 10-based Chromebook competitors will apparently require a minimum of a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC (or faster) storage.

The PC that Acer just announced? It features an Intel Celeron or Pentium processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage.


Further interesting: It will cost just $219 when it goes on sale in North America in June. And that, folks, is Chromebook pricing.

I think we’re looking at a Cloudbook. Or whatever Microsoft and its partners call this coming generation of low-end, education-focused PCs that will run Windows 10 Cloud (final names TBD).

Other specs on this interesting new Acer include a 14-inch display, 11ac Wi-Fi, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet, and battery life of up to 9 hours. The weight is 3.6 pounds, which isn’t fantastic, but customers also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which of course includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

Seems like it would be, um, perfect for a student. Who, you know, goes to school. And studies. And stuff.


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