HP Chromebook 13 Ships With Intel Core M (Skylake) Onboard, Pair It With The Elite USB-C Dock

HP was up bright and early at New York City’s Chelsea Market to announce its new Chromebook 13. HP claimed this is the first Chromebook to offer the latest 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core M processors inside, as well as the first docking solution for a Chromebook through HP’s Elite USB-C Docking Station.

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ProductHP Chromebook 13
Processor Options-Intel Core m7-6Y75-Intel Core m5-6Y57-Intel Core m3-6Y30-Intel Pentium 4405Y
MemoryUp to 16 GB LPDDR3-1866
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 515
Storage32 GB eMMC Storage
Display13.3” 3200 x 1800 IPS Display
Ports-2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Charging Ports (Type-C)-USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A)
NetworkingIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Battery3-Cell Li-ion Polymer 45 Watt Hour
Weight2.86 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H)12.59 x 8.64 x 0.50 inches
Operating SystemChrome OS
PriceStarting at $499

The HP Chromebook 13 may not be the first on the market to plop a more-powerful Intel Core-series processor into a Chromebook (Acer recently revealed its 14-inch Chromebook and made a similar claim), but it is the company’s first Chromebook to feature 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core m processors, specifically the Core m7-6Y75, m5-6Y57, and m3-6Y30, in addition to a Pentium 4405Y.

The all-metal chassis is made of brushed anodized aluminum, making the HP Chromebook 13 exceptionally light at only 2.86 pounds and incredibly thin at only 0.5 inches (12.9 mm) thick. The keyboard is LED backlit, and the 45 WH battery offers up to 11.5 hours of runtime. The device is powered and charged using a USB Type-C port.

The HP Chromebook 13 comes with the Chrome OS features that make the device ideal for enterprise environments, including multi-layered security with automatic updates; sandboxing; data encryption and recovery; and HP Print for Chrome, an app that enables local printing from Chrome OS devices to HP printers (both local and networked).

Chromebook + Docking Station

The HP Elite USB-C Docking Station is compatible with the Chromebook 13, and the company claimed it’s the first docking station compatible with a Chrome OS device. The Elite USB-C dock gives small mobile devices a way to connect to full-sized keyboards, wired networks, power, and up to two external displays with resolutions up to 2560 x 1440 (it can also handle a single 4K display, and three or more 1080p displays using multiple docks daisy-chained to each other).

Although the Chromebook 13 has only USB 3.1 ports with Gen 1 transfer speeds (5 GB/s), it also supports video over USB-C to connect with the dock, which uses Direct Link technology to use GPU horsepower only in sections of the screen that require refreshing.The dock features DisplayPort, HDMI output, gigabit LAN connectivity, and four USB 3.0 ports. The additional Type-C port on the front of the device can be used to connect another dock to increase the USB connectivity and display outputs.

The HP Chromebook 13 will be available soon at a starting price of $499. HP also offers the new device for as low as $16 per month with a paid HP Subscription, the price of which includes a three-year Care Pack service, on-site pickup and return, and accidental damage protection for your HP devices.

The HP Elite USB-C Dock is available now at an MSRP of $199, bringing the Chromebook/dock package to a starting price of about $700. The HP Chromebook 13 does not appear to be listed on HP's site yet.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • phantomtofu
    Manufacturers are getting closer and closer to my perfect Chromebook. Lower the resolution to FHD (for battery, I don't care for higher-res in a laptop) and price by $100 and I'd bite on this one.
  • okcnaline
    Whoeee... That's one beautiful, smexy-looking laptop, both in and out. Gorgeous.
  • lip008
    Install Linux on this and call it a day.
  • targetdrone
    Install Linux on this and call it a day.

    Been hearing that 20 some years since my computer programming days in college(where we did C programming in Linux but everything else in Windows)

    Linux is and will always be too complicated for the average user. Lack of driver and software support makes it a PITA for power users and I/T gurus that must compute in the same world as average users.
  • anathema_forever
    I am all for better than 720p res that has been getting on my nerves as the default for chromebook but is this taking it a little far? How much did battery life suffer because of it.
  • captaincharisma
    Whoeee... That's one beautiful, smexy-looking laptop, both in and out. Gorgeous.

    too bad its made by HP though. the looks are not worth it for a laptop that will last you 1 year tops
  • wshwe
    I'd like to see this running Windows 10.