A new Chrome OS device is now official, as Acer has formally introduced its new Chromebase all-in-one (AIO) PC with a touch-enabled display.
The intriguing new Acer Chromebase runs Google's Chrome OS platform and features a large 21.5-inch Full HD touch display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display has a 178-degree viewing angle and features 10-point touch technology.
"Acer announced today the latest addition to its industry-leading Chrome OS device family, the Acer Chromebase series, complementing its existing Chromebooks and Chromebox," Acer touted in a new press release on Wednesday, April 1. "The touch-enabled configuration of the Acer Chromebase is the industry's first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display, continuing Acer's leadership in the Chrome OS market after launching the first 15.6-inch display Chromebook and fastest-performing commercial Chromebook. According to the latest data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world's leading Chromebook brand with over 36% market share in 2014."
Under the hood, the new Acer Chromebase AIO Chrome OS desktop packs a powerful processor from NVIDIA, which should ensure a fast and fluid performance even with more demanding tasks.
"The Acer Chromebase is powered by a class-leading NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 quad-core processor, helping it deliver a responsive and rich multi-tasking experience, and stay quiet even when running heavy workloads," further touted Acer.
The Chromebase also features a built-in webcam, two 3W audio speakers, HDMI out, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The device reportedly boots up in as little as 10 seconds, and boasts multiple layers of security as well as automatic system updates. Google's Chrome OS, meanwhile, supports multiple users and accounts, synchronizing music, photos, videos, and documents with the user's Google account. The Acer Chromebase also comes with 100GB of cloud storage space on Google Drive.
Acer said that its new Chromebase AIO will hit commercial availability in North American and Asia Pacific markets in the second quarter of this year, but has offered no specific launch date or pricing details at this point. The company should disclose more information closer to launch, and we'll keep you posted as soon as additional details become available.