Acer unveiled its new metal bodied Chromebook 15 at IFA in Germany, which features either an Intel Celeron N3350, Celeron N3450, or Pentium N4200 CPU and 4 or 8GB of RAM, a full HD (1080P) screen (touchscreen on CB515-1HT) and 16/32/64GB eMMC onboard storage. It also features more ports than its predecessor, having a combo headphone/microphone jack, two USB 3.1 Type C ports, two USB 3.0 Type A ports, a HDMI socket and a microSD card reader. Bluetooth 4.2 and 2×2 MIMO Intel® Wireless-AC (802.11ac) also feature.

The 32 and 64GB storage versions will come in handy since the new Acer 15 will support Android apps out of the box, with access to the Google Play store. Most prospective buyers will probably want to opt for the touchscreen version to take best advantage of that.  Like the old plastic version, Acer claims a battery life of 12 hours.

With a 15.6 inch screen, the Acer 15 is a pretty large machine so if you want the best portability it might be worth going for the Acer 14 instead but the 15 is the more powerful of the two, particularly when you go for the maximum spec version.

The base model, probably with the lowest CPU and RAM options, starts at €499 in Europe, and $399 in the US.