At CES 2019, Acer has announced the Acer Chromebook 315, interestingly powered by AMD but not Ryzen. Instead, the Chromebook 315 features the AMD A6-9220C or A4-9120C processors with Radeon graphics in this cost-conscious Chromebook.

The Acer Chromebook 315 is a 15.6-inch laptop offering either a 1366x768 TN, or a 1920x1080 IPS display, but unlike the much more expensive Acer Swift 7 they announced, this is not the new thin-bezel design, but a more typical design that is indicative of its target price segment.

ChromeOS has proven itself to be frugal with performance, which is likely a good thing since the AMD A-Series APUs fitted in the Chromebook 315 are not the newest and fastest chips from AMD. The A6-9220C APU is a dual-core processor with a base 1.8 GHz and boost of 2.7 GHz, based on AMD Stoney Ridge and featuring Excavator cores built on 28 nm. It offers AMD Radeon R5 graphics. The base offering in this laptop is the AMD A4-9120C, at 1.6/2.4 GHz, and Radeon R4 graphics. The laptop is offered with 4 or 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 32 GB or 64 GB of eMMC storage.

Acer Chromebook 315
Component Chromebook 315
APU AMD A6-9220C
1.8-2.7 GHz, 1MB L2 cache
6-W TDP
Radeon R5 Graphics
AMD A4-9120C
1.6-2.4 GHz, 1MB L2 cache
6-W TDP
Radeon R4 Graphics
RAM 4-8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4
Storage 32-64 GB eMMC
Display 15.6-inch 1366x768 Acer ComfyView

15.6-inch 1920x1080 Acer ComfyView IPS

15.6-inch 1920x1080 Acer CineCrystal high-brightness IPS
Touch Optional
Dimensions 380.54 x 256.28 x 19.95 mm
14.98 x 10.09 x 0.79 inches
Weight 1.8 Kg / 3.97 lbs
Connectivity 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 54 Wh Li-Ion, up to 10 hours
45 W USB-C Charger
Ports 2 x USB-C Gen 1
2 x USB-A 3.0
microSD Reader
Headset jack
Starting Price $279.99 USD

Acer touts that the Chromebook 315 can offer up to 10 hours of battery life from its 54 Wh battery capacity, which is not too bad considering the 28 nm CPUs on-board. Acer offers USB-C charging with a 45 W PD adapter.

The Chromebook is a pretty stout unit, measuring 19.95 mm thick, and weighing in at 1.8 Kg, or just under 4 lbs.

Considering the range of low-end parts, it’s not surprising to see that the Acer Chromebook 315 starts at $279.99, with availability in February.

Source: Acer

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  • zepi - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    On the one hand I think that United Nationas Human Rights Council should ban 768p TN monitors, but on the other hand I appreciate the fact that even quite poor families in Africa can hope to buy a laptop that actually can get them to internet from a wifi-hotspot in a internet cafeteria. Reply
  • zepi - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    And not just Africa - we all have different priorities in life. Sometimes 280usd is more than we want to spend. Reply
  • Azix - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    poor people in africa? 280 USD is too much for a massive portion of the US population. Reply
  • Mobile-Dom - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    IIRC from the AMD slide these parts are 6w, but aside from that, 768p TN shouldn't be an option anymore, simple as Reply
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    Higher resolutions are rather wasteful since you have to scale text larger anyway or people have trouble reading stuff on the screen. I've got a 14 inch laptop at work with a 1080p screen and its scaled to 125% or 150% depending on what I'm working on which just means those extra pixels are forcing the GPU to work a little harder and demanding a bit ore backlight energy to achieve roughly the same usable amount of productive screen real estate. Reply
  • npz - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    That's my issue with very high DPI displays too, so I always avoid them if I can. But 15.6 in and 1080p is perfect for 100% / non-scaling, so in this case 768p is less useable. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    Maybe not talk like your own experience is universal for everyone else? I've had a 768p 14" display and it was annoyingly large and fit very little on the actual screen. Now I have a 13.3" 1440p and have set it to 125% and it is great. Much more useful and when watching movies and pictures much better as well. I don't think 768p needs to die, but the price is much too high for it. Reply
  • hanselltc - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    I know these are cheaper than bricks, but my lord they look worse than bricks as well. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    This is the reason Acer became notorious instead of number 1 PC manufacturer.
    Why use those old 28nm parts?! Browsers can be CPU intensive especially with Google's web apps. This issue is way worse than 768p resolution on 15.6 displays.
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  • fmcjw - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    I'm more curious about AMD's decision to LAUNCH any more A series CPUs in 2019, rather than focusing on bringing Zen to (even) lower tiers. Similarly curious as to HP, Acer, and others' decision to build anything around this 5 year old architecture. It's like watching HTC or Nokia/Microsoft in their last days still releasing new e-waste featuring (drum-roll) ...Snapdragon 2xx. Reply

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