Google unveiled a new model of Chromebook on Tuesday, an affordable model with impressive specs. The HP Chromebook 11 is a small and light laptop that costs just $279.
Google’s Caesar Sengupta revealed the new Chromebook at an event in New York City. Google’s Chromebooks have been gaining in popularity — one in five school districts in the U.S. have deployed them to some extent, he said — and Sengupta said the company worked closely with HP to create a Chromebook “for everyone.”
The HP Chromebook 11 has an 11.6-inch IPS (in-plane switching) display with excellent brightness (300 nits) and impressive off-angle viewing (176 degrees). Running Google’s Chrome OS, it packs a dual-core Samsung Exynos processor. It has 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive for storage.
While that sounds low, Google’s Chrome OS is a cloud-based system where most operations and media are handled in the cloud. Anyone who purchases one of the new Chromebooks will get 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, a 60-day free trial with Google Play Music All Access and 12 free sessions of GoGo in-flight Internet.
Sengupta said the HP Chromebook 11 is one of the lightest laptops on the market at 2.3 pounds. Still it has a full-size keyboard, a headphone jack and “digitally tuned” speakers that are located underneath the keyboard. It’s equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n) and Bluetooth Smart Ready (4.0).
Google “took a page from X-Men,” Sengupta said, by giving the HP Chromebook 11 a magnesium-reinforced “skeleton,” which helped keep the laptop’s weight down while giving it a very solid construction. It’s available in two colors: white and black, and buyers can get the white model with different color accents.
Battery life is rated at six hours, and the charging port is a microUSB jack — the same as many other portable gadgets, letting the Chromebook use almost any portable charger. There are also two standard USB 2.0 ports and a SlimPort video output.
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