The original #Asus Chromebook Flip bearing model number C100PA launched a couple of years ago, and it touted $250 MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price). Moreover, it was one of the first Chromebooks to feature the Play Store, and as a result, the device garnered immense popularity among tech buffs.

Lining with this, the big Taiwanese PC vendor introduced a new Chromebook earlier this week at #Computex Taipei 2017. It's worth noting that the model above does not support Android apps at the moment. The new Chromebook along with the Android-powered ZenPad 3S 8.0 showed up in the exhibition region, where a hawk-eyed German tech journalist spotted, took a picture and even tape-recorded the devices.

The new Chromebook Flip - What to expect

Dubbed as #ASUS Chromebook Flip C101, the recently divulged device seems to bear a striking resemblance to the first Chromebook, featuring an identic 10-inch screen, and the same hinge form factor. However, there are two significant advancements.

  • Rather than sticking to the ARM-based Rockchip 3288-C processor, the original model used the new Flip packs a relatively faster Rockchip RK3399 chipset, which is up from a quad RK3288 used in the previous version, with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM in haul, an impressive 16GB or 32GB storage options, and a battery that warrants up to ten hours of usage.
  • Deemed as world's thinnest and weightless flappable 10-inch Chromebook, the device's dimensions are 262.8 x 182.4 x 15.6mm, and it weighs in at just under 2 pounds.
  • Aside from that, the follow-up to the original Chromebook ousts the proprietary charging port employed on the previous generation model and replaces it with two USB Type-C ports that facilitate charging as well as data transfer.

Moreover, the Flip also enables storage expansion via a microSD card and includes a headphone jack and one USB Type-A port.

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While the touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution doesn't really give users something to shout about, but it arrives sooner rather than later and actually carries a price tag of $300 or even less, this is without an iota of doubt, a smart buy.

Pricing and availability

There's no word regarding the pricing and availability of the new Flip; however, multiple sources suggest it is likely to be priced more or less in the neighborhood of the original model. The 10.1-inch model displayed in Taipei is expected to hit the store shelves as a low-priced Chromebook as compared to the C302 model.

Nevertheless, the device's full aluminum chassis may push the price in the upwards of $300. For instance, The Chromebook Flip C302 from ASUS that also featured an aluminum case debuted bearing a $499.99 price tag.