Acer announces the Chromebook R13, made specifically to run Android apps


Little over a month ago, Google finally started rolling out Android apps for Chrome OS starting with the Asus Chromebook Flip. They also announced plans to support app compatibility for newer Chromebook models such as the Chromebook 11 and Pixel 2015. Early this week, Acer launched a new Chromebook model, the Chromebook R13. It may just be the first flagship model designed specifically for Android apps.

As far as specs go, the Acer Chromebook R13 packs a MediaTek CorePilot M8173C quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It boasts a 13-inch Full HD screen, 12 hours of battery and a touchscreen allowing users to choose between a laptop and mobile experience. At just 1.59kg with a thickness of 15.5mm, it looks set to be among the first of many Chromebooks that work with Android apps.

The process of running Android apps on Chrome OS is something the community has been looking forward to for over a year. It adds another dimension to Google’s seamless integration of all their services. Chromebooks are rising in popularity as customers continue to seek more lightweight and lower costing devices over laptops. The arrival of Android apps cements their place in the market and gives Chromebooks an edge over any competition, for now at least.

The Acer Chromebook R13 will be priced at $399 in North America and €399 ($445 USD) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. For other Chromebook models that will receive Android app support, see the official list here.

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