For a brief moment yesterday, it looked as if Asus had a new Chromebook ready for us to check out in time for the New Year. Chrome Unboxed spotted the Asus C302CA Chromebook yesterday at Newegg. The store briefly had a product page up for the device but eventually brought it down. Apparently someone at Newegg hit the "Go" button a bit early, though the site did manage to order one in the meantime. It seems Newegg will actually ship it, too.
The Asus C302CA looks like a previous-generation Macbook Pro. The machine packs a 12.5" 1080p touchscreen, and can be flipped to double as a tablet. Inside, a 2.2GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor and 4GB of RAM power the device, along with 64GB of eMMC storage. That hardware is nothing to scoff at, but given that Asus tends to offer multiple configurations of the same device, it's entirely possible that even more powerful variants may appear.
Much like Apple's latest laptops, the new Chromebook eschews almost all other types of ports in favor of a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Asus still kept a microSD card slot and a headphone jack, though.
Although the short-lived listing has been taken down, CES is less than two weeks out, so it's likely we'll have an official announcement and a release date shortly. Newegg had the Asus Chromebook C302CA going for $499.