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Asus Chromebook Flip Is a Tablet and a Laptop

April 1, 2015
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Google on Tuesday announced the Asus Chromebook Flip, the first entry in the affordable Chromebook line with a touchscreen and 360-degree hinge, allowing it to be used as either a laptop or tablet.

At $249, the flip is in line pricewise with the rest of the Google-sanctioned laptop line running off of its Chrome operating system. But it will be the first mainstream Chrome computer with an attached keyboard that allows for full conversion from tablet to laptop.

With a smallish 10.1-inch screen, it weighs in at less that 2 pounds and has an all-metal casing that distinguishes it from the mostly plastic Chromebook line.

Google says the Asus Chromebook Flip will be available later this spring. When it ships, the company says it will update Chrome with a version designed to improve the touch experience. Traditionally, Chrome has been an operating system for PCs and laptops, while Android is Google’s mobile operating system.

The company also announced a new kind of device from Asus coming this summer.

The Asus Chromebit is smaller than a candy bar and, for $100, will act as an entire computer running Chrome. Users will simply plug the device into any display, Google says, in a post light on further details.

“So whether you’re looking for a smaller Chrome device that packs a big punch or a laptop that can do back bends, there’s a Chromebook for you … and for everyone else, too,” Google engineer Katie Roberts-Hoffman wrote on the Chrome blog.

Google announced two other ultra-affordable Chromebooks on Tuesday — the Haier Chromebook 11, available at Amazon, and the Hisense Chromebook, available at Walmart. Both are available for pre-order for $149.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.

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