ASUS has quietly released the latest Chromebook Flip CM3, which features a completely articulating touchscreen and a compact footprint.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3 or CM3200 measures 12 inches and has a 1,366 x 912 touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It isn’t the highest resolution or the brightest, with a max brightness of just 220 nits, but it might be adequate for doing the basics. Stylus help is often included, implying that this is intended for those who wish or need to take on-screen notes and annotations.
For the Chromebook Flip CM3, ASUS has chosen the MediaTek 8183 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and either 32 or 64GB of onboard storage. If you need more space for your on-device media, there is a microSD card slot that can be extended up to 1TB. You just get a single USB-C and USB-A socket, and the battery has a capacity of 32 watt-hours and a runtime of 16 hours. Another noteworthy feature is the use of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the Titan C security chip.
The front-facing camera has a maximum resolution of 720p, making the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3 a capable platform for video and conference calls. It should be sufficient for most purposes, but as a regular computer for something other than text editing, you may want to look elsewhere.
Other specifics remain unknown at this time, and prices and availability are not yet verified in the absence of a formal announcement. If ASUS prices the Chromebook Flip CM3 correctly, it may be a very solid Chrome OS-powered laptop for those who just need the basics. It’s compact and light enough, weighing just 1.2 kg, to take around on a regular basis without causing too much trouble or necessitating the use of a huge backpack.