OMG Chrome got an interesting tip just before the big run up to January’s Consumer Electronics Show. According to a source, Acer will be super-sizing its next Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. That would give it the crown for biggest Chromebook since the largest one to date I can think of is a 14-inch version built by HP. LG does have a Chrome OS device with 21.5-inch monitor in its Chromebase, but that’s not a portable device.
The anonymous source has plenty of other details on the device with a reported screen resolution choices of 1366 x 768 and 1920 x 1080. Internal storage will coincide with memory: Either 16 GB of storage with 2 GB of RAM or 32 GB with 4 GB of memory. There’s no mention of a mobile broadband option but the tipster says to expect 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0: Handy for unlocking your Chromebook with an Android phone.
Perhaps most interesting is the chip choice: These large [company]Google[/company] Chromebooks will reportedly run on [company]Intel[/company]’s fifth-generation Broadwell processor or a Core i3.
If that happens, the larger Acer Chromebook would be closer to the elusive mid-range Chrome OS laptop some have longed for. Intel is expected to show off new Broadwell U Celeron chips at the Consumer Electronics Show next month, which could coincide with Acer debuting the new Chromebooks. Don’t get your wallet out just yet though: OMG Chrome’s source says we’ll be waiting until March before we can buy Acer’s big new Chromebook.