Earlier today Acer announced a bunch of new Chromebooks including two new 'Spin' models with one of those featuring a 15.6-inch display marking the migration of the larger Chromebook display size from the company’s standard Chromebook 15 line to the Spin line. Although, this is only the expansion of the size to a different product line, as along with the two new Spin models and a new Chromebook 13 model, Acer also confirmed two new versions of the Chromebook 15 are on the way as well.
The two new models are now confirmed as the CB315-1H and the CB315-1HT with the difference being the inclusion of a touch-enabled display on the latter and not the former. Otherwise, it would seem both of these models are minimal updates compared to their predecessors, although the two main places they have been updated are likely to be two of the most important to consumers - battery life and price. Therefore, Acer is marketing these new Chromebook 15 options as ones that can offer extended levels of battery life, as well as a big display, at an affordable price. For reference, along with the lack of a 360-degree rotating hinge, the price marks the biggest difference between the new Chromebook 15 options and the just-announced Chromebook Spin 15.
On the battery life side, both of these new models are said to be able to remain powered for up to fourteen hours, compared to the twelve hours that was on offer with the most recent Chromebook 15 (2017) model. The new Chromebook 15s will come powered by either an Intel Pentium N4200, Celeron N3350, or a Celeron N3450 processor. Also on offer is two USB Type-C (3.1) ports, as well as two USB 3.0 ports. Otherwise, the rest of the specs remain largely in line with the previous model, including the choice of up to 8GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. As for the price, Acer has now confirmed both Chromebook 15 models will launch in EMEA first in June along with a starting price of €399. Following which, both models are then expected to become available in North America in July with the price starting at $349 for the baseline version.