Asus lays claim to the first convertible Chromebook

Convertible notebooks have been something of a rage since Windows 8's debut, but Chromebooks have generally stuck to the tried-and-true clamshell laptop design. Asus is bringing Chrome OS to the flexible-notebook party in the form of the Chromebook Flip C100PA. The Flip's hinge folds around a full 360 degrees to accommodate convertible positions like laptop, tent, stand, and tablet modes. 

The star of the show is a 10", 1280x800 IPS touch screen packed into a 0.6"-thick body. For those who prefer traditional input, the Flip does include a chiclet-style keyboard and a decently-sized trackpad. Also incldued in the 1.96-pound body are an "HD" webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot, a combination headphone/microphone jack, and a micro-HDMI out.

Inside, we find an ARM-based Rockchip RK3288C SoC with a quad-core CPU and Mali T764 graphics. One can specify 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of eMMC flash storage. The 31Wh battery is claimed to be good for up to 9 hours of runtime. The C100PA is available now for $249 for the 2GB/16GB version,  or $299 for the 4GB/32GB model. 

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