Acer announces new touchscreen laptop

Acer is to release a new budget Chromebook laptop in December.

The C720P, which will go on sale for for $299 (£184), differs from previous Acer laptops in that it is touchscreen, according to PC Advisor.

The touchscreen laptop has an 11.6-inch screen, offers seven and a half hours of battery life and runs on an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture.

Acer’s new Chromebook is significantly cheaper than similar products on the market; Google’s touchscreen Chromebook Pixel is priced at £1,299 (£801) in comparison.

The C720P weighs 1.35kg and starts up in just seven seconds. It also boasts 32GB of solid-state storage, 2GB of DDR3 memory and an HDMI slot. Purchasers will be given 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years with the laptop.

This is a newer version of the C720 Chromebook which Acer released last month at $199 (£123).

The laptop will be available from early December from suppliers such as Amazon and Best Buy. Acer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on worldwide availability of the C720P, according to PC Advisor.