Medion Akoya S2013 (MD 99602) was presented at IFA 2015 and is the first Chromebook Medion now on sale for 199 Euros in the official store. It has a 11.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768 pixels) matte anti-glare, fairly bright and with a good viewing angle despite being a TN panel. The surprises, however, are under the hood, a compact frame opaque polycarbonate that measures 291 x 205 x 18.5 mm and weighs 1.5Kg: unlike other Chromebook, Medion Akoya S2013 is based on an ARM Cortex A17 and Intel . It is a Rockchip RK3288 SoC quad-core 1.8GHz with graphics ARM Mali-T764, combined DDR3L to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory.
The choice of this chip, however, is winning, because that provides less power than an Intel but ensures smooth video playback, and especially less than 8 hours of battery life. Not bad considering the battery from 2 cells integrated. Medion equips his Chromebook with Gigabit, ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. In addition, there is also a slot for microSD cards up to 128GB, a HDMI port and a 2.1 speaker system. The operating system is obviously Chrome OS. There is the HD front webcam with microphone.
With an official price of 199 Euros, Medion S2013 starts to be a bit ‘more expensive than expected especially considering that other ARM-based Chromebook in USA start at just $ 130 (think, for example, Hisense and Haier models). The Chromebook Medion (as all other devices of the company) is not for sale in Italy and will likely become an attractive purchase for German users only when its price will drop below 150 Euros.