We’ve been waiting a long time for this to show up, but I’m happy to report that as of today, the new Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and Snapdragon 7c processor are ready to order – at least for some. Currently, the Acer Spin 513 that shakes the yet-to-be-proven Qualcomm ARM processor is now available to our friends in the UK for purchase with a delivery time of 1-4 days. This is not a pre-order or reservation: this is full retail availability.
Currently, there are no indications as to when this will seep down to other regions such as the US, but if we look at previous releases where Chromebooks appear in the UK first, it is not long after the availability in the US follows. With Chromebooks having their largest market here in the US, it usually does not take long for devices to be released here after they appear elsewhere.
For now, though, we have some details that – thanks to a good eye from Kevin Tofel at About Chromebooks – we need to point out with this special Chromebook. First, the price of £ 399.99 probably indicates that this configuration will end up at $ 399 when it hits the US. Second, the configuration listed is definitely the lower end level with only 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. I expect at least a price increase of $ 100 to get the 8 GB / 128 GB version we had practical time with back at the end of 2020. Finally, this model also comes without LTE, as it is stored for the more expensive models.
From our practicality with a very pre-production model, I can at least confirm the solid screen, the smooth trackpad, the good keyboard and the thin / light construction which are all highlights with this Chromebook. How Snapdragon 7c will perform is still a bit of a mystery right now as we reserve the right to comment until we have a production-ready model in the office. On paper, the Snapdragon 7c should be a solid performer, but references and numbers tell only half the story. The real use is the test itself, and we just do not know much at this time.
I’m hoping we’ll soon see this Chromebook hit the rest of Acer’s stores and other stores and even more hope that the 8GB / 128GB models with LTE will also be part of the conversation. With amazing battery life and an extremely light / thin body, the Acer Spin 513 could be a great device if Google and Acer could train some kinks in the Qualcomm Snapdragon formula for Chrome OS. Chromebooks need a win in the ARM chip department, and I’m hope that devices like this and the upcoming ‘Coachz’ will deliver.