HP, Google Offering 11.6" Chromebook on Google Play

Google and HP have teamed up to offer the new ultra-portable HP Chromebook 11, now available for pre-purchase on Google Play. Unlike the Chromebook Pixel launched earlier this year, this device is lightweight, low-powered and arrives with a much lower pricetag of $279. HP claims that it's also the first affordable Chromebook with a "brilliant" IPS display, and the first Chromebook to provide USB charging.

According to the specs, the new Chromebook features an 11.6 inch IPS display with a 60 percent color gamut, a brightness of 300 nit, and 176 degree viewing angles. The device is powered by a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 SoC, aka the Exynos 5 Dual, along with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a battery promising up to 6 hours of active use.

The Chromebook also provides Wireless N connectivity, a built-in VGA webcam, a Chrome keyboard, a "fine-tuned" clickable touchpad, a headphone/microphone jack, "digitally tuned" speakers with sound directed through the keyboard, and two USB 2.0 ports. Also included is a microUSB port for charging the Chromebook, and video output via Analogix's SlimPort HDMI tech.

"The sleek and lightweight design comes in either a white modern design with blue, red, yellow or green color accents or a more traditional black design, and all come with a cool lightbar on the lid," reads HP's press release. "It is super sturdy, with a thermal-bonded magnesium chassis that protects against everyday bumps."

HP's new Chromebook weighs 2.3 pounds and measures just 0.70 inches thin, making for a very lightweight, thin device that's also rather sturdy. "We wanted the Chromebook to hold up well against everyday bumps and bruises," adds Google's Caesar Sengupta, VP of Product Management. "You can hold it from a single corner without it bending or flexing."

The Chromebook 11 comes with 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years, a 60-day free trial of Play Music All Access (subscription is $9.99 monthly after that), and 12 free sessions of GoGo InFlight Internet connectivity.

Google is now offering five HP Chromebook 11 models for $279 each here. Color options are white/blue, white/green, white/red, white/yellow and black. All five also arrive only with 16 GB of storage and Wireless N connectivity -- no additional storage and connectivity options are provided at this time.

Check out our sister site LAPTOP's hands-on in the video below:

Hands-on HP Chromebook 11

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  • InvalidError
    If it has USB2 ports, I would dare to hope it supports external storage... but considering Google's history of NOT supporting that on stock Nexus AOSP, that might be too much to ask.
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  • w8gaming
    A laptop like device that has smaller flash storage than a cheap flash drive. I am curious what people really buy and use this for? Portability wise, smart phone and tablet beat it. Productivity wise, a normal Windows laptop beats it. Too big for music playing. Storage too small for movie watching. Not the best form factor for eBook. But Amazon sells a lot of this. So really, what do the buyers use it for?
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  • stevejnb
    Only 16gb of storage? Only 6 hours battery life, with all of its other limitations? When you can get a half decent actual laptop starting at $300, $279 for a device like this seems like a lot for a device with one of the most limited OS's you can get on it. I'd take an Android tablet - which costs quite a bit less, I might add - over this in a heartbeat if you really wanted some sort of Google service using device.

    I can understand the idea behind a Chromebook, but when they're hitting the lower end of the full laptop pricing spectrum, I just can't see them being worth it. Machines like this should be $100'ish, not coming up on $300.
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