Asus is working on an ultra-powerful and ridiculously overpriced Chromebook

Asus is working on an ultra-powerful and ridiculously overpriced Chromebook
Among all of the different types of devices currently out there in the mobile landscape, one of the most peculiar ones is the Chromebook. Google's take on the laptop is certainly that of an interesting one, but the interest and want for these gadgets seems to be at an all-time low. We recently got word on a new Chromebook that Samsung is working on, and in the latest leak that's surfaced, it would appear that Asus is looking to reenter the Chromebook game as well.

The new device goes by the name of the Chromebook C302CA, and it looks to be yet another Chromebook from Asus that will feature a hinge that allows it to flip back 360-degrees into a tablet mode. However, where the majority of Chromebooks out there focus on offering affordable price tags and decent specs for getting light-to-medium work done, Asus appears to be taking a bit of a different approach with the C302CA.


Inside Asus's latest Chromebook, we can expect to find an Intel Core m3-6730 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC for its storage. It certainly is peculiar to see Asus not included an SSD considering the beefy nature of the CPU and memory, but with this still not being officially announced by Asus just yet, that could change when the company decides to finally take the wraps off of this thing. The C302CA will also come equipped with a 12.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and there's also the potential for it to come with a silo for holding its own stylus (similar to what we saw with the Samsung Chromebook Pro).


While those specs certainly seem fine on their own, the big head-scratcher here is the price. The Asus Chromebook C302CA could retail for as much as $870, and although it definitely looks to be one of the most powerful Chromebooks we've seen yet, that's still a huge amount of money to pay for something like this. With a price like that, the Chromebook C302CA is competing with high-end Windows laptops that are far more functional than any Chromebook. If this pricing does turn out to be true when the C302CA launches, it could very well be DOA.

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13 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Powerful? No Overpriced? Absolutely

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wow... That guy explained my 'lecture' in just two lines...! Bravo...! Perhaps I'm loosing the marbles, eh? Oh well... G'Day!

4. skips

Posts: 477; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

You should definitely start by chopping off the "oh well... g'day!" EH

7. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

No! ‌‌‌

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am worried, are OEM moving to price their device like some high price luxury good!?

5. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Looks like Asus executives were high when they made this decision.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Windows is THE KINGPIN of desktop OS, period... And Android is THE KINGPIN of Mobile OS, also 'period'... Each one is trying to have a piece of other's pie, and so far have failed... Quite miserably, if I dare say... I think Google should stick with Mobile Platform... Although Microsoft has such an ace of a Mobile OS that I can't say the same about THE BIG M...!!! Oh well... G'Day!

6. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Lets see how Andromeda goes before saying that. On Microsoft, WP/WM should have been third major platform by now but Microsoft didn't put much effort on it.

8. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have been an Asus fan for quite some time... but this one right here is one of the DOA products they release... IT makes absolutely no sense when the Windows version is about 700$ http://store.asus.com/us/item/201606AM010000003/A44884

9. socalhighdesert

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2016

Curious as to how PhoneArena arrived at the price? Credible source? Or you just converted from Euro to US dollars? Because if all you have done is take the price this was listed as on a non-US website and then converted that price to US dollars - well - that's not a great indicator of what this will actually cost in the US.

10. ChalupaBatman

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2016

Perhaps you should do more research, maybe learn math or just stick to phones. The likely starting price should be around $660 or less and certainly not the price listed in your article. The interest in these devices is most certainly NOT at an all-time low. Again, who does your research? Chromebooks outsell Macs and are extremely popular in the education market. Just because you or your readers don't happen to use a Chromebook doesn't mean there's no interest in them overall. And who does this god-awful excuse for a website? You're worse than Android Authority with all the useless and distracting animations and advertising. Your poor coding also restricts ChromeOS users from using the comments area, although based on the negativity of the article, you probably don't care.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's one hefty price tag for a web browser...so much for "Chromebooks are cheaper than their windows counterparts".

13. jedwards87

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

Chromebook

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