In a very expected but much-anticipated move, the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 has been officially unveiled only not quite like we expected.
After a number of recent retail sites leaked the new all-aluminum convertible we very much expected to see this device officially unveiled at CES this week. While we still anticipate that to happen later this week it seems the Asus C302 has made a premature appearance.
Earlier today on Asus’s website, the landing page for the C302 Chromebook went live and with it came some unexpected surprises.
Early reports of this device presented us with a Skylake Core M3 model and a later listing on Best Buy allowed us to get our hands on a lesser Pentium version. But according to the company’s website, they will be offering the higher-end Core M7 model as well.
As we had hoped there is an 8GB option available but surprise, surprise you can get 128GB of on-board storage. That’s a welcome sight for many concerned with the implementation of Android Apps on Chrome OS likely to come later this month.
Another interesting note, Asus’ site has labeled the new Chromebook just the Flip C302. We were up in the air as to whether or not they would retain this branding as we believe a lesser Flip successor is in the works.
There have been conflicting reports that Asus announced this today in Las Vegas at a CES press conference. We have been unable to confirm this and are still expecting to see the Asus make its debut once the show opens to the public.
With the Pentium model being sold for $499, chances are the topped out version with the Core M7, 8GB ram and 128GB of storage is going to set you back a cool grand. But, we will just have to wait and see.
You can see the new Asus in all its glory at Asus’ site by following the link below.
We will be on the ground in Vegas bright and early tomorrow. One thing is for sure, if the Asus is there we will find it and you will know.