Acer has announced its Chromebook Spin 513 and Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513. They’re the first Chrome OS devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c chips. The 513 will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at $399.99; the Enterprise Spin 513 is coming in March 2021 starting at $699.99.
The Snapdragon 7c is an entry-level mobile processor built on an 8nm process. It’s a lower-powered processor than many that you see in popular Windows devices — it’s currently Qualcomm’s weakest processor for laptops — but Qualcomm claims one of its chief benefits is longer battery life. Acer says you’ll see 14 hours (citing synthetic benchmarks).
In other exciting news, you’ll be able to configure both models with 4G LTE, a nice benefit for on-the-go workers that you don’t see every day even in flagship Chromebooks. The 513 has up to 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, an aluminum top cover, two USB-C ports as well as a USB-A, a 78 percent screen-to-body ratio, an optional backlit keyboard, and a 360-degree hinge. It’s fairly compact at 2.64 pounds and 0.61 inches thick. The Enterprise model has additional security and management features for business users.
But the big question is how well the Snapdragon 7c will perform, so keep an eye out for those results early next year.
Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly said that Intel claimed longer battery life as a benefit of the Snapdragon 7c. Qualcomm made that claim. We regret the error.