HP and Google partnered up to release a new lightweight, portable laptop, the HP Chromebook 11. HP announced availability and pricing for the new Chromebook on it’s official blog Tuesday (Oct. 8), boasting its ultra-thin design and functionality.
The HP Chromebook 11 is the first of its kind to feature USB charging, and an 11.6-inch IPS display. Weighing 2.3 lbs and just 0.7-inches thick, the sleek, ultra-thin laptop is built to be light and portable, yet sturdy. To protect against bumps and dings from daily use, the Chromebook 11 has a shell made of thermal bonded-magnesium.
The HP Chromebook 11’s design was based off another portable laptop, the Chromebook Pixel and comes with 16GB of storage. Along with that, an additional 100GB of Google Drive cloud is offered, free for 2 years. For easy screen content sharing, the HP Chromebook 11 has a 176 degree extra-wide viewing angle. The 11.6-inch diagonal HD IPS display has a resolution of 1366 x 768.
The HP Chromebook 11 runs on the Chrome OS and offers easy maintenance with free automatic downloads. Chromebook apps, emails, photos, bookmarks and files can be accessed across multiple devices including phones, tablets and PCs. Powered by a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 processor with 2GB RAM, Chromebook 11’s battery life lasts up to six hours according to Chromium power test results.
The U.S. release date of the HP Chromebook 11 is set for October 16. It will be available at hpshopping.com with a price tag of $279.99 for the Wi-Fi model, a Verizon 4G LTE variant is expected be released later this year. Each purchase comes with a 60 free trial of Google Play Music All Access and 12 free Inflight Internet sessions from GoGo.
Pre-orders are now being accepted at the Google Play Store where it’s on sale for $279, Best Buy, also for $279 and Amazon for $279.99. Google Play will begin shipping orders on October 11, Amazon orders ship on October 20. Best Buy pre-orders are expected to also ship in October, according to a Best Buy rep, although the exact date is unknown.