Two flipping choices: Asus Chromebook CX5 for play, CX9 for work

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  • Asus announced new Chromebook Flip models today as part of CES 2021.
  • The Chromebook Flip CX5 Chromebook is targeting students and young people for both play and work.
  • Meanwhile, the Chromebook Flip CX9 is targeting enterprise customers with high security.

Asus just announced two new Chromebooks as part of its CES 2021 livestream. The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 and the Chromebook Flip CX9 are just the latest entries in the popular Flip brand of convertible Chromebooks from the company.

The new 15.6-inch Chromebook Flip CX9 has a matte white finish that resembles ceramic on top, but uses a matte black texture for its keyboard. Like others in the Flip series, the Flip CX5’s display can be rotated 360 degrees so it can serve as a big touchscreen tablet. It can also be used with an optional USI stylus for drawing and note-taking.

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Asus says the new Chromebook will have Intel 11th gen Core i7 processors, along with Intel’s Iris Xe graphics chips. It will support up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. It will also support Wi-Fi 6 wireless hardware and will include Harman/Kardon certified audio hardware. Asus also promised the Chromebook will work well with cloud-based game streaming services, including Google Stadia. The onboard battery should power the Chromebook for up to 12 hours on a single charge.

At the moment, we don’t have a price for the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5, but we know it will be released later in the first quarter of 2021.

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Meanwhile, the convertible Chromebook Flip CX9 is made for enterprise workers who demand high security. It will incorporate Titan C security for encrypted passwords and keys, and it will also receive software updates every six weeks. The 14-inch Chromebook will weigh just 2.2 pounds, will be just 16mm thick. It will also include Intel 11th gen Core i7 processors and Intel’s Iris Xe graphics chips.

You can also expect Wi-Fi 6 hardware and Harman Kardon dual speakers in the CX9. There’s no price point yet, but it’s expected to launch sometime in the second quarter of 2021.

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