Announcing the ASUS Chromebook Education Series

-- All-new ruggedized classroom-ready laptops feature ergonomic design and easy serviceability, with the first-ever ASUS Chrome OS tablet, two 11.6" Chromebooks in clamshell and convertible configurations and a larger 14" clamshell. --
Chromebook Education Series

KEY POINTS

  • ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100: The first tablet running the secure, reliable Chrome OS from Asus, with tough all-round protection and a stunning 9.7" QXGA touchscreen
  • ASUS Chromebook C204: A 11.6 inch clamshell Chromebook that features classroom-ready durability, school day-long battery life, and compact size
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C214: A 11.6-inch ruggedized convertible Chromebook that empowers innovative and flexible learning with 360° hinge built-in stylus, and world-facing camera
  • ASUS Chromebook C403: A 14-inch clamshell Chromebook that combines big-screen productivity with classroom-ready toughness. Its ergonomic keyboard let things done in total comfort

LAS VEGAS, CES (JANUARY 3, 2019) — Today marks the debut of the ASUS Chromebook Education series that provides lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer solutions for educational use, and continues the ASUS commitment of providing an extensive range of innovative products and services for the education sector.

The series includes two traditional clamshell laptops — the 11.6-inch ASUS Chromebook C204 and the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook C403 — and the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 convertible. There's also a brand-new form factor introduced, with the ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100, a stunning 9.7-inch QXGA wide-angle touch-display tablet. The new series features durability, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboards and all-around rubber bumpers to withstand the rigors that electronics often face in schools. This lineup provides educators and parents with a full-range of lightweight, ruggedized options that can cater to their specific curriculum choices and unleash the creativity and productivity of their students. The new ASUS Chromebook Education series will be available in the coming months with configurations, pricing, and availability to be announced at launch.

The ASUS Chromebook C204, ASUS Chromebook Flip C214, ASUS Chromebook C403 and ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 boast similar specs and a common design aesthetic, but with a few crucial differences. The C204 is the successor to the popular ASUS Chromebook C202, an 11.6” laptop made for elementary school students, while the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 is the follow-up to last year’s 2-in-1 convertible, the C213. With a touchscreen display, stylus support, and a 360° hinge, it bridges the gap between laptop and tablet, and allows for laptop learning as well as more traditional lessons based on pen-based input.

ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100: the first Chrome OS tablet from ASUS

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 is designed to serve as an easy and familiar introduction to technology for much younger kids. This rugged tablet has the same version of Chrome OS that is available on the notebooks and Chromebox desktops they’ll encounter later on, but it’s fitted into a recognizable form factor that’s reinforced to withstand life in the hands of children. The rubberized chassis measures less than 10 mm thick, which means it’s easier for small hands to hang onto and less likely to take a tumble as a result. And if it does end up in freefall, it’s rated for drops up to 100cm; the height of most tables and desks.

The 9.7-inch QXGA display is covered in a strong tempered glass to help it stay protected against scratches and gouges while it travels to and from school. The stylus slides into a little garage in the tablet’s frame for safekeeping, when it’s not being used for art, tracing letters, or practicing numbers. Inside this slim slate is a Hexa-core OP1 processor, made especially for Chromebooks. That works alongside 4GB of RAM to keep performance smooth as students skip between Chrome windows and Android apps. School work can be stored on the 32GB of onboard storage, which is ample room for files as well as fun games. The Chromebook Tablet CT100 has a 35Wh lithium-polymer battery, enough for a full school day, and it charges via the same standard USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) connection that’s found on most smartphones.

ASUS Chromebook C204 – Tough, compact, and school-ready

The ASUS Chromebook C204 strikes a subtler tone, with its dark grey finish, than its predecessor, the blue-and-white ASUS Chromebook C202. In addition, the chassis is thinner making it even easier to carry around. Despite a thinner body, the ASUS Chromebook 204 is just as tough as the C202. The rubberized chassis is reinforced with thick bumpers on each corner to absorb shock, and the keyboard is tamper-resistant, preventing the keys from being pried out. It can survive falls up to 120cm when dropped flat, and up to 80cm when dropped on its sides. A raised rubber rail on the bottom of the laptop makes it even easier to hang onto, so it’s less likely to be dropped in the first place.

The 11.6-inch HD display features an anti-glare coating is attached to the base via a 180° hinge that allows the laptop to lie completely flat. Its hinge has been tested for 50,000 open and close cycles, so it won’t loosen over time. Its wider range of motion makes it easier for kids to share the screen during group work and allows for a bigger range of positions for the display when parents or teachers are doing over-the-shoulder checks on their students’ work. The keyboard is the primary source of input and features a deep 1.5mm of key travel, which is more than most laptops. The deeper travel allows for fewer errors than shallower keys where it’s easier to accidentally press the keys. A touch screen variant further expands the functionality of the display and allows for more interactive lessons.

Under the hood, there is a dual-core Celeron® processor from Intel®, as well as 4GB of RAM. That’s plenty of power for all of the Chrome tabs kids forget to close and ensure smooth switching when multitasking across Android apps and Chrome extensions. There's 32GB of onboard storage for studying materials offline, though most students will spend their time in the cloud, working through G Suite for Education, Google’s suite of cloud-based education apps, such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Slides. A USB Type-A port makes it easy to connect external storage or plug in a mouse, and there are two reversible USB Type-C ports for newer peripherals or hooking up to monitors in at home, in at the computer lab, or in the library. The microSD card makes it easy to transfer photos from a camera to the cloud, and the audio combo jack lets students plug in to listen to virtual lessons or make video calls using the HD webcam.

ASUS Chromebook C204 has been upgraded to a 50Wh battery; enough to last all day long. And to make sure there are no dropped connections, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac) allows for connections on the 2.4GHz band as well as the less crowded 5GHz frequency.

The durability of ASUS Chromebook C204 makes it a perfect fit for the classroom, where shared devices see more wear and tear than the average laptop. But accidents happen, and in the off chance the device is damaged, it’s been engineered for easy repair. It features an even more modular design than before, making repairs even easier. The mainboard can be accessed in three steps, and a service door has been added to make the ribbon cables easier to reach.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 – Flip, explore, and learn!

Schools often have to choose between laptops or tablets when deploying a fleet of devices for a full class, and there are trade-offs associated with both. Laptops are what most students will go on to use in high school and college, but tablets offer access to interactive touch-based lessons, more natural problem solving in subjects like math, as well as the ability to take notes and practice penmanship or travel outside of the classroom to take notes and conduct experiments. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 has a convertible design that effortlessly transforms between a tablet and a laptop — or anything in between — based on student’s needs.

The C214 has the same rugged exterior, spill-proof keyboard, and dark grey color scheme. The hardware includes a N4000 and optional N4100 Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage complemented by expansion via MicroSD or USB Type-A. Students can connect to external displays or charge up via either of the two USB Type-C ports, and a stable and reliable internet connection is facilitated by the dual-band 802.11ac.

The C214 has a 11.6” HD display with an anti-glare coating (available on certain configurations) and is anchored by a durable 360° hinge that allows it to seamlessly switch between laptop and tablet mode depending on the type of lesson. An optional stylus slots into a garage on the side, which means teachers don’t have to dish out styluses for lessons and collect them at the end of class so they can be stashed in a drawer for safe keeping. We’ve also adjusted the placement of the world-view camera based on feedback from C213 users. The new location in the bottom right corner of the palm rest is better suited for video calls and recording when the laptop is in tablet mode. In its old location above the keyboard, it was easily obscured when the computer was turned on its side and help up in portrait. Now kids can grip both sides of the laptop, in portrait or landscape, and not worry about blocking the view.

The C214 is reinforced to minimize damage, but in the event that there is an accident, the C214 is easy to repair. With just a few tools, it is easy to replace the battery, the motherboard, the keyboard, or even the thermal module. Getting inside the laptop takes just a few minutes, which means broken parts can be replaced without taking a computer out of commission for more than a morning.

ASUS Chromebook C403 – Bigger 14” screen, ultra-tough design

The ASUS Chromebook C403 utilizes the same ruggedized design as the C204, but places it in a larger form factor. Its 14” HD display provides ample workspace for longer and more complicated projects. It has a matte coating to minimize distracting reflections from overhead lights, and a 180° hinge that allows for more freedom of motion and different work positions.

In addition to being bigger, the C403 is also the most powerful. It can be equipped with up to a dual-core CPU from Intel, and features 4GB of RAM. While most students will access and use G Suite, Google’s suite of cloud productivity apps, including Google Classroom, Google Docs and Google Slides, and store their work in the cloud – backed up to Google Drive for safe keeping - there's 32GB of onboard storage for working on assignments offline.

In addition to enlarging the screen, the travel distance on the keyboard has also been increased. The ASUS Chromebook C403 keyboard features 2mm of travel to ensure long study sessions aren’t made any more painful by a shallow keyboard. And, thanks to its increased size, the C403 can squeeze in an additional USB Type-A port, so students don't have to unplug their mouse to plug in a USB drive when taking that assignment to the printer.

There are also two USB Type-C ports with support for outputting to external displays. Both ports are also capable of charging the laptop, and the C403 is rated for up to 11 hours on a single charge. Rounding out the collection of I/O ports is an audio combo jack for when students want to buckle down and do some work while listening to music, or need to watch video presentations for school. Headphones aren’t required for great sound, though; extra room in the chassis allowed for more powerful speakers. The included stereo speakers feature extra-large chambers that pump out volume up to 80dB.

In keeping with other newly introduced ASUS Chromebooks, the C403 is ruggedized, and made for rough handling. The durability includes reinforced corners and a rubberized exterior to protect it from bumps and falls. The spill-resistant keyboard adds extra protection, and the hinge allows for a full 180 degree range of motion. Similarly, the C403 also is also easily repairable, and allows IT professionals to get inside the chassis and replace components in just a few steps. The C403 is the largest of the new ASUS Chromebooks, but even with the ruggedized chassis, it’s only 13.5” wide and just over 9” deep; no bigger than a textbook, and easily fits into any bag or backpack.

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AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100, ASUS Chromebook C204, ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 and ASUS Chromebook C403 will be available in the coming months with configurations, pricing, and availability to be announced at launch. For more detailed information, please read the article on EdgeUp, or contact your local ASUS representative.

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  • SPECIFICATIONS¹

    ASUS Chromebook Tablet Specifications

    ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
    CPU   OP1, Made for Chromebooks, Hexa-core
    (Dual ARM® Cortex®-A72, Quad Cortex®-A53 big.LITTLE™ configuration) Processor
    Display   9.7" QXGA (1536x2048) multi-touch with glass cover
    Operating System   Chrome OS
    Graphics   Mali-T864 GPU
    Memory   Up to 4GB LPDDR3 1866MHz
    Storage   Up to 32GB eMMC
    Wireless   Qualcomm QCA6174 M.2 2x2 802.11AC / Bluetooth® 4.1
    Camera   User-Facing webcam: 2MP HD camera (UXGA 1600x1200p)
    World-facing webcam: 5MP HD camera (2592x1944)
    Interface   1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C™ (USB-C™)
    (supports charging, data transfers and display connectivity)
    1 x microSD
    1 x Audio combo jack
    Security   Google H1 Support
    Battery   35Wh lithium-polymer
    AC adapter   Output: 15V DC, 3A, 45 W
    Input: 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    Dimensions   9.9 x 238.8 x 172.2 mm
    Weight   Approx. 568g
    ASUS Chromebook Education Specifications
      C403 C204 C214
    CPU Intel® Celeron® N3350 Processor Intel® Celeron® N4000 Processor Intel® Celeron® N4000/N4100 Processor
    Display 14" 16:9 LED Backlit HD (1366 x 768), 220 nit, 45% NTSC, Anti-glare Non touch : 11.6" 16:9 LED Backlit HD (1366 x 768), 220 nit, 45% NTSC, Anti-glare
    Touch : 11.6" 16:9 LED Backlit HD (1366 x 768), 250 nit, 50% NTSC, Anti-glare, Touch, Wide View
    Non EMR support : 11.6" 16:9 LED Backlit HD (1366 x 768), 250 nit, 50% NTSC, Anti-glare, Touch, Wide View
    EMR support : 11.6" 16:9 LED Backlit HD (1366 x 768), 250 nit, 50% NTSC, Touch, Wide View, Wacom® EMR™ support, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
    Operating system Chrome OS Chrome OS Chrome OS
    Graphics Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 500 Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 600 Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 600
    Memory Up to 4GB 2400MHz LDDR4 onboard Up to 4GB 2400MHz LDDR4 onboard Up to 8GB 2400MHz LDDR4 onboard
    Storage eMMC 5.1, 32GB eMMC 5.1, 32GB eMMC 5.1, 64GB
    Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) gigabit-class Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth® 4.2
    Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) gigabit-class Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth® 4.2
    Dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) gigabit-class Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth® 4.2
    Camera HD camera
    HD camera (1280x720) User-facing camera : HD 1280x720
    World-facing camera : 5MP/8MP
    Interface 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ (up to 5Gbps, DisplayPort, and power delivery support)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
    MicroSD card
    Audio combo jack
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ (up to 5Gbps, DisplayPort, and power delivery support)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
    MicroSD card
    Audio combo jack
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ (up to 5Gbps, DisplayPort, and power delivery support)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
    MicroSD card
    Audio combo jack
    Security Google H1 Security IC, Kensington lock slot Google H1 Security IC, Kensington lock slot Google H1 Security IC, Kensington lock slot
    Battery 45Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery 45Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
    Adapter 45W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
    (Output: 19V DC, 65W)
    (Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
    50W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
    (Output: 19V DC, 65W)
    (Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
    45W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
    (Output: 19V DC, 65W)
    (Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
    Dimensions 34.3 x 23.3 x 2.05cm 29.2 x 19.9 x 19.5~20.1cm 29.2 x 19.9 x 19.5~20.1cm
    Weight 1.7kg 1.2kg 1.2kg

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