ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 challenges Galaxy Chromebook for CES crown

If there's a theme to CES today, it could very well be high-end Chromebooks. Alongside Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Chromebook, ASUS has revealed the Chromebook Flip C436. A CES 2020 reveal for the C436 is particularly timely, as the Chromebook's predecessor – the C434 – was revealed at CES 2019.

While Samsung is showing off the Galaxy Chromebook in eye-catching red, ASUS is going for more traditional colors like silver and white. The company says that the C436's 1080p display clocks in at 14 inches, and that the Chromebook's 4.6mm bezel gives it an 85% screen-to-body ratio. Altogether, the C436 has a total thickness of 13.7mm and weighs in at 2.4 pounds.

The C436 will be built around 10th-generation Intel processors, up to the Core i7-10510U. Just like with the Galaxy Chromebook, C436 buyers will have various configuration options when it comes to storage and RAM. The C436 will be available with either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to a 512GB M.2 SSD. Running the show will be a 42WHr battery, which is good for as much as 12 hours of mixed use according to ASUS's own metrics. The company also says that Core i5 and Core i7 models will be Intel Project Athena verified.

The C436 is also a 2-in-1 Chromebook, which means that the display is touch enabled. Further, you can use a stylus with the C436, though it doesn't appear that the Chromebook actually comes packed with one. Ports include two USB 3.2 Type-C, one microSD card slot that supports up to 2TB cards, and one combo audio jack. Finally, the C436 will also support Wi-Fi 6.

So, it appears that we have a worthy challenger to the Galaxy Chromebook. ASUS is showing off the C436 at CES 2020 this week, but it won't be here until Q1/Q2 2020. Pricing information was nowhere to be seen, so we're left waiting on ASUS for more.