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Acer’s Haswell powered C720 announced

Acer has announced its Haswell powered Chromebook C720. The new Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor which is based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture.

The Chromebook is taking full advantage of the power efficient chip from Intel and is offering up to 8.5 hours of battery life. It’s not only power efficient but also faster, Acer claims that the Chromebook boots in less than 7 seconds.

The device is 30 percent thinner than its predecessor, measuring only 0.75-inches thick and weighs only 2.76 pounds (check specs here).

“The Acer C720 is a significant step forward for our highly-acclaimed Acer Chromebook line, as it delivers speedy performance, quick boot times, a matte anti-glare display and a slimmer design that is portable enough for anywhere use,” said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. “These key advances allow families and students to continue collaborating, learning and playing in exciting ways, all while staying secure since Chrome OS includes multiple layers of protection from online threats.”

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The first model in the Acer C720 Series, the C720-2800, is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com with 4GB of memory and a 16GB SSD at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of only $249.99 in the United States. Additional configurations will be available in the coming weeks.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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