Acer Unveils Industry’s First Convertible Chromebook with 13-inch Display

Editor’s Summary
  • New Acer Chromebook R 13 provides great flexibility and a large 13.3-inch touchscreen display
  • Innovative 360-degree hinge design gives customers four versatile usage modes for work and play
  • Planned support for Android Apps via Google Play™ Store
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life

Today Acer extends its Chromebook lineup with the Acer Chromebook R 13, the industry’s first convertible Chromebook with a 13.3-inch display.

The new Chromebook R 13 features a flexible design with a large 13.3-inch screen that can be used in a number of different modes including as a tablet thanks to its 360-degree hinges. Up to 12 hours1 of battery life provides all-day productivity and fun. Plus, the Chromebook will provide additional capabilities thanks to planned support for Android apps via the Google Play Store.

“The 13-inch touch display is large and vibrant, so it’s ideal for anything from homework and spreadsheets to games, video and fun apps, said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. “Plus, up to 12 hours of battery life means our customers can use it at school or work and continue using it into the evening for activities like homework and watching movies.”

The Chromebook R 13 is the latest addition to Acer’s convertible Chromebook lineup following the successful 11-inch Acer Chromebook R 11. Like its predecessor, the Chromebook R 13 transitions fluidly between four usage modes – laptop, pad, display and tent – so that customers can stay productive and entertained in a range of settings.

According to data from Gartner[1], Acer Group is the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 33 percent market share in 2015.

Large Touch Screen Surrounded by Sleek Design

The Acer Chromebook R 13 features a 13.3-inch touch-screen high-brightness Full HD display with 1920x1080 resolution and IPS[2] technology to provide vivid colors and sharp images and text. The LED-backlit LCD also delivers wide-viewing angles so students and family members can use it in tandem for group projects, sharing videos, and more.

The display provides integrated 10-point touch capabilities that support Tap, Swipe and Pinch-to-Zoom gestures so any web page or app can benefit. The display is complemented by an HD webcam (1280x720 resolution) with High Dynamic Range imaging and 720p HD audio/video recording and an integrated microphone for webchats. HD audio with dual built-in speakers placed on the lower portion and sides of the Chromebook perfectly complements the display for first-rate entertainment.

The Acer Chromebook R 13’s large display makes the most of the system’s compact design, allowing it to slip easily into book bags and backpacks. It weighs only 1.49kg (3.28 pounds) and sports a thin profile of 326W x 228D x 15.5H mm (12.83W x 8.98D x 0.61H inches).

Long Battery Life and Exceptional Performance for Work and Play

Delivering up to 12 hours of battery life, the Chromebook R 13 gives consumers the freedom to stay productive, connected and entertained for longer. The device is powered by a MediaTek M8173C CorePilot quad-core processor for solid every day performance, and also connects quickly via 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology.

The Chromebook R 13 has a USB Type-C port that allows fast data transfers, connection to a high-resolution external display, and to charge the device or provide power to other peripherals. It also includes USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, microphone and headphone jacks.

The Acer Chromebook R 13 will be available in several configurations, either with 64GB, 32GB or 16GB eMMC storage and 4GB of dual channel LPDDR3 SDRAM[3].

Four Modes to Fulfil Needs at Work or at Play

The Chromebook R 13 is equipped with Acer’s patented 360-degree dual-torque hinges that allow the display to be folded back to any degree that the situation requires. The dual-torque hinges also stabilize the display when touchscreen controls are being used and while switching between four modes:

  • Laptop mode keeps the display at 90-degrees from the keyboard for an efficient and productive input and typing experience.
  • Display mode bends the keyboard under the system so the display is closer to the viewer. When the Chromebook R 13 is put in this position, the on-screen image auto-rotates to the correct viewing orientation.
  • Tent mode provides an ideal viewing and touch experience in confined spaces such as when traveling on a plane or train.
  • Pad mode allows the Chromebook to be used as a tablet with the display and keyboard touching, so customers can have an enjoyable way to play, share and browse in both landscape and portrait orientations.

Chrome is Secure, Easy to Use and Share in Different Modes

The Acer Chromebook R 13 is the ideal device for a range of customers who view, edit, create and collaborate in programs such as Microsoft Office Online documents and Google Docs. Chromebooks are simple to use and ideal for sharing by multiple users, since users can log into their own account to access Docs, website bookmarks and other information. Storage on Google Drive protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version of the file or document is always available and safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen.

Security is a key benefit of Chromebook, as it’s automatically updated to guard against ever-changing online threats. In addition, the Supervised Users feature helps get customers online in a safe, controlled way.

Price and Availability

The Acer Chromebook R 13 will be available in North America in October with prices starting at $399; and in EMEA in October with prices starting at €399.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via

The Acer Chromebook R 13 was unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA in Germany, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals. For more information, visit

[1] Gartner “Market Share: Devices, All Countries, 4Q15 Update” 16 February 2016

[2] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products

[3] Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)

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