CES 2019: Asus Chrome OS tablet, refreshed Chromebooks launched

A die shot of one of the new chips with Zen cores and Vega GPU helpfully indicated. Source AMD

Semiconductor company AMD has unveiled latest processors for its mobility line-up, including the 2nd-generation Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile, which are the world's fastest processor for ultra-thin laptops.

The 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors powering Chromebooks from global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer and HP, deliver fluid web browsing and effortless everyday productivity for social media, streaming, and web gaming, the company added.

Like competing offerings from Acer and Lenovo, the new Asus Chromebooks sport rugged features created to help protect against spills, drops, and other hazards that come from schoolkids handling them all day.

CES 2019 is turning out to be an excellent event for PC makers to announce new Chromebooks. It has a 1366x768 resolution display.

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Asus is calling it the launch of its Chromebook Education series, created to provide "lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer solutions" for the education sector.

If you hadn't guessed, the C204 is the successor to the C202 and the C214 is the follow up to the Asus C213. Availability is only described in general terms ("the coming months") with details around configurations and pricing also coming soon. Meanwhile, Asus is also launching a tablet that runs on Google's Chrome OS. That includes the Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. The C214 doubles the storage to 64GB, offers up to 8GB of RAM, and obviously makes the touchscreen a standard feature.

Just like the tablet, this entry-level device with an 11.6-inch display features a rubberized chassis with thick bumpers and is similarly resistant to minor drops. There's also a single USB Type-C port, microSD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 support. They weigh 3.4lb and have a battery life of 9 hours and 15 minutes.

When can you get one?

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