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Acer Chromebook R13 is Powered by Mediatek MT8173 64-bit ARM Processor

September 1st, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

The just announced Acer Chromebook R13 is both the first Mediatek Chromebook and the first 64-bit ARM Chromebook thanks to its Mediatek MT8173(c) quad core processor with two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, and two ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The Chromebook is also fitted with a 13.3″ touchscreen display, 4 GB RAM, and up to 64GB internal storage.

Acer Chromebook R13 specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek M8173C quad core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores, 2x ARM Cortex A53 cores, and a PowerVR GX6250 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 16, 32 or 64 GB eMMC flash
  • Display – 13.3″ touchscreen IPS display; 1920×1080 resolution; 10-point touch; 360-degree hinge design
  • Audio – Integrated microphone, dual built-in speakers, microphone and headphone jacks
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Camera – HD webcam (1280×720 resolution) with HDR and 720p HD audio/video recording
  • Wireless Connectivity – 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – USB 3.0 port, USB type C port for data, video, and power
  • Battery – Up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Dimensions – 326 x 228 x 15.5 mm
  • Weight – 1.49kg

The Chromebook will also support Android Apps via Google Play Store (WIP). The 360-degree hing will allow you to use your Chromebook as a “ChromePad”/”ChromeBlet”, or “ChromeTent” as show in the picture below.


Mediatek_ChromebookJust like Rockchip made a specific RK3288C processor for Chromebooks out of its RK3288 processor, Mediatek provided MT8173C specifically for Chromebook, but it’s unclear what the differences are with the original MT8173 processor. You can find part of the source code, including the device tree file on Chromium OS public repositories.

Acer Chromebook R13 will sell for $399 and up in North America, and in Europe, Middle East and Africa zone for 399 Euros and up starting in October.

Via 9to5Google

  1. davidlt
    September 1st, 2016 at 14:22 | #1

    Finally we got this one. Now it’s “Cave” time (Skylake based, most like ASUS Chromebook Flip 2). It was added to R53, thus most likely to be released before Christmas. Then we have Kevin (Rockchip 3399), 2xA72 4xA53. We have seen commits for high DPI 2:3 panels, GPU, hover support on touchpad, wacom support, etc. It’s not part of any Chrome OS release branch thus still in early development change. Then were is Google Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C. We don’t know what will be replacing those. Google just stopped selling Pixel.

  2. blu
    September 1st, 2016 at 16:31 | #2

    About time for those 4GB of RAM.

  3. Fossxplorer
    September 1st, 2016 at 17:02 | #3

    If these can run Linux it would be awesome really.

  4. Demetris
    September 1st, 2016 at 19:09 | #4

    Sorry to disappoint you but PowerVR is not known for any source code releases and you can find them only in isuck but give me more than the others gadgets

  5. RK
    September 3rd, 2016 at 19:47 | #5

    Sorry. I don’t buy linux products over 200$ that aren’t mainlined. And I’m fairly lenient since I consider GPU firmwares as hardware rather then software.

  6. Theguyuk
  7. December 29th, 2016 at 19:18 | #8

    Finally, Acer has three Mediatek MT8173C laptops: two Chromebook and one running Windows 10 -> https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/models/laptops/acerchromebookr13

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