Asus has announced the upgraded Asus Chromebook CM30 (CM3001) for the US and international market this week, after it was first announced in July. Though it’s not possible to buy it just yet as it won’t launch before 2024.
This tablet is the successor to the Asus Chromebook CM3 that was launched in June 2021.
As far as Chromebooks go, I’ve always liked the first generation model, and fortunately Asus has kept the best design features and only changed some of the specs.
The biggest change is the new octa-core 2.05 GHz MediaTek MT8186 ‘Kompanio 520’ processor that’s already found its way into Lenovo Chromebooks.
Other main hardware consists of 4GB and 8GB options of LPDDR4x RAM (3600 MHz), and 64GB and 128GB options of eMMC storage, with additional options of Wi-Fi only or 4G LTE.
The 10.5-inch screen has FHD resolution of 1920 x 1200, with an integrated digitizer pen inside of the tablet. This pen is an Asus USI pen by the way.
And while it has retained the stereo speakers, it has changed to cameras to 5MP cameras on both the front and the back.
The battery has a 27WHrs capacity with a battery life of 12 hours.
Wireless options are Bluetooth 5.2, and dual-band Wi-Fi 6, while it has a single USB-C port.
But with this being a productivity geared Chrome tablet, it still has that Surface type keyboard too, as well as a back cover that doubles as a tablet stand in both horizontal and vertical mode.
Among Chromebook tablets, the closest alternative will be the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3, which is in the same price range, but is a little bit larger at 11 inches, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead.
– Tom Bowen