We've been expecting a new batch of Intel-powered chromebooks since May, and the first one is here: meet the Acer C720, the first to pack a full-on Core i3 processor in addition to up to 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Pretty muscular for a browser-based device.
With that 1.7GHz processor and double the internal storage of most other chromebooks, Acer's newest seems to move toward some laptop-like capabilities—though it retains the somewhat unimpressive 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display of Acer's previous chromebooks.
The device is available for preorder on Amazon at $350 for 2GB of RAM, or 4GB for $30 more, though a shipping date has yet to be revealed. We can't wait to get our hands on one and see how it stacks up to the powerful but pricey Chromebook Pixel —and to real-deal laptops. [Acer]