HP launches cheap-and-cheerful ARM-based Chromebook 11

HP has introduced its second Chrome-based product, the Chromebook 11. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Chromebook 14, one which is based on an Intel processor and retailed for £249.

The new model, which carries a suggested retail price of £229 ($279 in the US), weighs in at just over 1Kg, is only 17mm thick, has an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 IPS display, the same dual-core Cortex-A15 Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM-based processor that powers Samsung’s Chromebook

The rest of the features include 16GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, a full size keyboard and trackpad, 2GB of RAM, a webcam, a pair of digitally-tuned speakers, two full-size USB ports, up to six hours battery life (on a 30Whr battery), a Slimport video out (similar to the one on the Nexus 4) all on the left side. All the components are enclosed in a thermal-bonded magnesium chassis and you can charge it using a bog standard microUSB charger which is a welcomed change.

HP says that the Chromebook will come in white with a blue colour accent (that’s not unlike the old plastic Macbook) or black and that both SKUs will feature a lightbar on the lid but no card reader.

The Chromebook 11 will go on sale at Currys, PC World and a number of other UK retailers towards the end of October. An LTE version is also planned in the US later this year but it is not known whether that will launch in the UK.

HP is one of four manufacturers (the others being Samsung, Acer and Lenovo) that have been enlisted to push Google’s Chrome OS.

Google is also offering 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, worth around £150, with a free 60-days subscription to Google Play Music all access. The company launched a number of productivity apps for Chromebook users earlier last month to boost usage while retailers have been dropping the average price of devices to under £200.