The Acer Chromebook R13 is designed specifically to run Android apps



One of the most exciting things to happen for Chromebooks in the last year was the addition of Android apps. Many Chromebooks have been given the ability to access the Play Store and download apps. Not all Chromebooks have access, but nearly every new one does. The Acer Chromebook R13 not only has this ability, but it was built with Android apps in mind.

What makes the R13 perfect for Android apps is the 13.3-inch touchscreen display. Touch input is obviously a major part of Android apps, but not many Chromebooks have touchscreens. Using your finger is more natural than a mouse and cursor when it comes to apps built for phones. The display (which is 1080p) can be used in four modes:

  1. Laptop mode keeps the display at 90-degrees from the keyboard for an efficient and productive input and typing experience.
  2. 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.
  3. Tent mode provides an ideal viewing and touch experience in confined spaces such as when traveling on a plane or train.
  4. 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.

Other specs include a USB Type-C port, USB 3.0, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0, and 720p camera. You can get the R13 with 16, 32, or 64GB of storage. All models include 4GB of RAM. The Chromebook R13 will be available in October starting at $400. If you’re looking for a Chromebook to run Android apps, this might be the one for you.

[via PC World]

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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