Acer releases another touchscreen Chromebook laptop

Acer has announced a new version of its touchscreen Chromebook laptop.

The Chromebook C720P-2600, which boasts an 11.6-inch touchscreen and dual-core Celeron 2955U chip, will be available in the second week of January, according to PC Advisor.

Acer’s latest product is 19mm thick, weighs 1.35kg and has seven and a half hours of battery life. While it only has 32GB of storage, it comes with an additional 100GB on Google Drive for two years. It also includes a webcam, Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and 2GB of DDR3 memory.

An Acer spokeswoman said that Chromebooks have grown in popularity because they target the needs of customers who depend on collaboration and cloud computing. She added that Acer also wants to give users a choice in operating systems from Microsoft and Google.

Chromebooks accounted for one-fifth (21 per cent) of all commercial laptops sold last year in the US, according to the NPD group. They are mainly used by people who use the internet for storage and computing.

The new Chromebook will go on sale at $299.99 (£183).