“There’s been quite a bit of buzz lately about a new Chromebook from Asus that appeared briefly on NewEgg, and then again on Best Buy’s website. (read about those leaks here)
This new Chromebook has been dubbed the Asus Flip 2, successor to the Asus Flip Chromebook, which was a 10″ ARM powered Chromebook with 360 degree hinges.
Folks who ordered from NewEgg were disappointed when shortly after their order was placed, it was cancelled by NewEgg.
Best Buy users however have reported that their devices were actually delivered, and they appear to match the specs that were listed on Best Buy’s website before the listing disappeared.
This new device is a bit bigger, has a very different design and is more powerful than the original Flip. In my opinion, it’s a very worthy successor indeed.
Now, I don’t actually have one at the moment. However, a few months ago I was able to get my hands on one of these devices. I wasn’t able to take it home with me or anything so this isn’t going to be a super in-depth review, rather it will be more of a brief first impression based on 20 or so minutes I had to play with it.
The first thing you should know, is that the device I got to play with had an M3 6Y30 Intel processor in it which scored an Octane test score of 22381, whereas the model shipped by Best Buy has a Pentium processor in it and is scoring more in the 15000 range. Still quite the upgrade from the original ARM powered Asus Flip. I’m not sure if Asus plans to offer a more premium M3 option or if they decided against the M3 option in favor of a more cost friendly Pentium. We’ll just have to wait and see. Another difference is the model I used had a 2400 x 1350 resolution display, and the model being shipped by Best Buy has a 1920 x 1080 resolution display. Otherwise as far as I can tell, they’re the same device.
As far as first impressions go, I was definitely impressed."