HP announces a new 11-inch Chromebook



Google’s Chrome OS is still ticking as a new major OEM has announced a new laptop with Google’s browser-based operating system. Simply dubbed HP ChromeBook 11, this 11.6-inch laptop has a resolution of 1366 x 768 — it’s not nearly as good as the Chromebook Pixel in that regard, but should still be a comfortable viewing experience for any average user.

Specs and features

The computing side of it is taken care of buy an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also features two USB ports, a microSD card slot, and — for the first time ever on a Chromebook — a microUSB port for charging. That port can also be used with HP’s “SlimPort” cables to facilitate video out.

HP says this thing has been built with a magnesium chassis, making it both light and strong at the same time. You also won’t see any visible screws, vents or speakers, and won’t be able to hear the fan purring at all.

HP Chromebook 11 angles

Other key specs include 4G LTE connectivity, 6 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N, a VGA webcam for video chats, and more. You’ll also get 100GB of extra Google Drive space, and a free two month trial of Google Play Music All Access. You’ll have 60 days from the time of purchase to redeem those two offers, so you won’t want to wait long after buying the Chromebook 11 to do so.

Pricing and availability

The HP Chromebook 11 is now available in black and white for just $279 in the US at Amazon, Google Play and HP Shopping. If you’re in the UK, you can head to your local Currys, PC World and more. As for other regions, Google says other places that sell Chromebooks will have the HP Chromebook 11 in time for the holiday season. We’re still about a month and a half away from that, though, so be sure to sit tight. Anyone looking to scoop one of these up?

[HP Chromebook 11 on Google Play | via Chromespot]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. $279….why would anyone?

    1. yea thats a laptop, thats not a laptop!

    2. If you wanted more Drive storage, this would pay for itself, plus give you essentially free hardware.

      1. I knew it. I knew there would be some one like you. For the price, this thing is severely under powered.

        1. My dad has a Samsung Chromebook and it works wonders for him, it’s cheap, he can check his email, facebook and play candy crush. It’s not for a power user at all.

          1. Exactly why it should be cheaper. I have the Acer c7 and have both chrome OS and Ubuntu on it and love it. My problem is not that it is not powerful, but that the price is too high for what you get.

          2. I disagree. It’s a perfect price considering the parts. A comparable tablet would be around 500 bucks. Plus as someone who’s used a 99 dollar netbook for most of my internet browsing, I’d rather spend 279-300 on something that looks nice and does what I want well then something that chugs when I try to watch youtube videos.

          3. I guess. But you have to factor in design and form factor. I’ll take a Samsung or HP before I get an Acer. You could put a V8 in a ford pinto, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pinto.

          4. Really? That’s your reason? That’s it. Well look for another laptop. I just searched for like five mins. My. point was that there are better deals out there if u look

          5. And also: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-14-Laptop-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-/190909706074?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item2c731aef5a

            This is after 5 mins of searching. And get this, you can install chromium is on it

    3. I bought two of the Samsung ARM Chromebooks last year for my kids (5th and 2nd grade at that time). The older one does his papers and research on it and the younger uses his school’s website for some homework (unfortunately it’s flash based and doesn’t work so well on Android via flash/firefox/boat or photon).

      I also got two for work (when they were $170 open box on Amazon). We issue them to our staff when they just need a simple laptop for various purposes, and use them as portable kiosks during meetings when some of the 70 people in the room need to use our company’s web application (a common need during these meetings).

      Cheap. Light. Quiet. Simple UI. No vibration. No viruses. Great battery life. Prints (via cloud). No maintenance/upkeep/support/backup/etc. Google docs works offline. Plays flash games, youtube, Netflix, etc.

      It’s a shame it doesn’t play Minecraft (requires loading ChrUbuntu and the framerate is horrible on the ARM models), and there are many other limitations. But for kids and non-techies with light computing needs that can be met with Google’s ecosystem, these things are wonderful.

      This new version addresses the biggest shortcoming of last year’s Samsung model: the mediocre screen. The micro USB charging is also nifty.

      I won’t be upgrading since our existing Samsung model works fine, but if I was buying a new laptop for my kids today, I’d get this (the Acer C7 is also intriguing since it’s cheaper, upgradeable, and has a faster CPU… but it weighs more, has a shorter battery life, and isn’t fan-less).

  2. It looks cool and they made it fun looking. I’d think about it if I didn’t also have my photo software I had to run on it. Unfortunately, that requires a much better machine that this.

    That said, the only shopping option I’m seeing is Amazon.

  3. Is this the HP Chromebook that will come with Beats Audio?

    1. Zero mention of Beats Audio in any press release. I will say though, I have Beats Audio on my laptop. It’s definitely not a good selling point.

        1. Again, no mention of Beats Audio on anyone’s press release. And that’s just a rumor post from pre-announcement…. from a site related to this one and no one here mentions it either.

    2. Isn’t Beats Audio just a preset equalizer?

  4. The Chromebook 14 that they previewed a few weeks ago was more interesting to me and they said $299 on those.

  5. My $200 Acer Chromebook is doing just fine, and I have HDMI out so I don’t need a proprietary cable. Screen looks enticing tho.

    People have to remember that hardware specs don’t really matter on these because it’s a browser based OS. It has its ups and downs, but it’s fine for 80-90% of everyday tasks.

  6. I know this may be considered lame, but if they had done a higher res screen, 1080p at least, I would have considered this, but no go.

  7. Looks like a great (but very limited) device for $279. But why oh why haven’t ChromeOS and Android simply merged by now.

    ChromeOS is screaming for additional features and Android 4.4 could make that happen. Just as Android 4.0 merged tablets/phones.

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