Google and HP have announced the HP Chromebook 11, the latest laptop to come standard with the search giant’s Chrome OS. It’s available today for $280.
As its name suggests, the Chromebook 11 sports an 11-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1366×768. And as with most Chromebooks (Pixel aside), its specs are closer to a high-end phone more than a standard computer — its Samsung Exynos 5250 processor is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage.
That all sounds weak on paper, but given the lightweight nature of Chrome OS, it should do the job fine. And given that most of the OS is web-based, connectivity is key to Chromebooks, and in that respect HP’s new device has 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi built-in. A 4G option will also be available. Two USB 2.0 ports and SlimPort video output are included as well.
Design wise, the Chromebook 11’s body is constructed from magnesium, and it’s completely devoid of fans and vents. Its glossy white, plastic finish can be configured with a number of colored accents, and its edges are rounded. It’s notably light at just 2.3 pounds too.
Also of note is the fact that the Chromebook 11 charges via micro-USB, meaning that you might be able to use your phone or tablet charger for your laptop as well. Anyone who buys the notebook will also be treated to a free 60 day trial to Google Play Music All Access, 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, and 12 free sessions of GoGo in-flight internet service.