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Leaked Asus Chromebook Is a Metal, Android-ready 2-in-1

The Chromebook Flip is one of the first Chrome OS machines to support Android apps, but it's gotten a little long in the tooth, not having seen an update since Asus released it in the summer of 2015. Fortunately for Flip fans, NewEgg appears to have leaked a new version of the notebook, dubbed the Asus C302CA, and it's a substantial upgrade, with an all-metal design, bigger screen and faster processor.

Newegg has since removed the listing (which is still cached by Google) for the C302SA, which it priced at $499, so we suspect someone hit the wrong button at the online retailer. Likely a part of the company's announcements at next week's CES events, it's a 12.5-inch bend-back notebook featuring a 1080p touchscreen display that allows it to support Android apps.

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This C302SA may cost twice as much as the original Flip, but its 2.2-GHz Core m3 processor is a big step up from the Flip's 1.8-GHz Rockchip 3288 CPU, which gave it below-average performance in our testing. Its larger size (the original featured a 10.1-inch panel) will likely fix our other grievance with the Flip, allowing for a larger, less cramped, keyboard.

At the same time, the 2.7-pound C302SA is heavier than the 2.0-pound Flip, so it's not as light in your bag. It's also got slightly fewer ports (two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and a headphone jack) than the Flip (two USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port and a headphone jack) that might leave you browsing Amazon for dongles.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.