Launch follows several Acer Chromebooks partnerships in the past
Acer has continued its growing partnership with Google’s Chrome OS by announcing the first all-in-one Chrome PC.
The company has today revealed the Acer Chromebase, a desktop PC featuring a 21in 1080p FullHD touchscreen display.
Powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra K1 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, although Acer is also throwing in 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, the Chromebase will go on sale sometime in Q2 2015, although there’s no indication on price just yet.
The screen features 178-degree viewing angle display which incorporates 10-point touch technology, enabling more than one user to interact with the screen at once. Acer says the Chromebase will boot up in less than 10 seconds, and there’s also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI out and USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports.
Acer has previously worked with Google several times in the past, most recently with the world’s first 15.6in Chromebook, revealed at CES back in January. The company is currently the world’s leading Chromebook brand, with over 36 percent market share in 2014.
The company also showed off four new smartphones and a wearable at Mobile World Congress last month, saying that it was keen to grow several new areas of its business, particularly its smart handheld and wearable technology sector.
Google has been working to expand its Chrome OS through a number of manufacturers, with Chromebook sales higher than ever as consumers increasingly flock to the low-cost devices, which are often lighter than standard laptops but offer more computing power than a tablet.
Figures from ABI Research released last October found that Chromebook sales rose by 67 percent during the last quarter, with Acer, Samsung and HP the leading manufacturers.
Forecasts made earlier this year by Gartner predicted a 79 percent increase to 5.2 million units in Chromebook sales during 2014, which will then nearly triple to 14.4 million units by 2017.
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