New Acer Chromebook has Core i3 inside

Budget Chromebooks are starting to look suspiciously like full-fledged laptops. As Liliputing reports, Acer's latest Chrome OS-toting notebook is powered by the Core i3-4005U, a dual-core, Hyper-Threaded processor with a 1.7GHz clock speed.

The Acer C720-3404 Chromebook also comes with 4GB of RAM, an 11.6" 1366x768 display, and an 8.5-hour battery. The only obvious marker of this system's Chromeishness is its built-in storage, which is an anemic 32GB. That's still enough to install Windows 8.1 with some room to spare, though. The x64 version of the operating system requires only 20GB of space to install.

Acer prices the C720-3404 at $379.99, which makes it pretty affordable, even by Chromebook standards. There's also a slightly cheaper version of the same system, the C720-3871, that costs $350 and comes with just 2GB of RAM.

As Liliputing points out, a Core i3 might be overkill just to run Chrome and a few web apps. Then again, I think Google's plan to bring Android apps to Chrome OS could justify speedier Chromebooks with decent multitasking chops.

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