HP debuts first ARM-powered Chromebook

HP debuts first ARM-powered Chromebook

Summary: Can an ARM-powered Chromebook with a price tag of $279.99 turn heads? HP hopes so with the all-singing, all-dancing Chromebook 11.

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In an attempt to keep up with consumer demands for ever-cheaper PCs, HP has launched its first ARM-powered Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS operating system.

For a device that commands an price tag of $279.99, there's an awful lot of good tech crammed into HP's Chromebook 11. It features a Samsung 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 GAIA processor, an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity, a lightweight yet strong magnesium alloy chassis, and a battery good for 6 hours of active use.

Weighing it at a little over two pounds, the Chromebook 11 is one of the lightest notebooks on the market, but it still sports a full-sized keyboard and trackpad, so there's been no compromises in term on input devices.

Also, the Chromebook 11 is totally silent, thanks to the fact that there are no fans or other moving parts. However, if you do want it to make a sound, it comes kitted out with a set of digitally tuned speakers.

The Chromebook 11 comes in a choice of white with blue, yellow, red, or green accents or black.

For added convenience the Chromebook 11 can be charged up using the same charger and cable as most Android handsets, which means less wires and clutter to carry about.

What's interesting about the Chromebook 11 is that it is virtually identical to Samsung's Chromebook released earlier this year, except that HP's offering is more expensive.

The Chromebook 11 also comes with 100GB Google Drive cloud storage that is free for two years, and a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access.

Google's Chrome OS operating system is a Linux-based platform designed to work primarily with web applications. The user interface consists almost entirely of the Google Chrome web browser and applications come in the form of web apps.

The Chromebook 11 joins a raft of other Chromebook devices made by HP, including the Chromebook 14, the SlateBook x2, and the Slate, and will be available later this month.

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, Google Apps

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  • Re: HP debuts first ARM-powered Chromebook....

    How many consumers are going to purchase this. I am yet to see a Chromebook out in the wild.

    No doubt they do exist but why should the consumer be expected to pay that price for Hardware running what is essentially a free Operating System.
    5735guy
    • An Android tablet would cost less

      ... and do more. HP needs to pull their head from their behind to smell the reality.
      LBiege
      • HP has an Android Convertable

        The HP SlateBook x2:

        http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/x2/slatebook-x2.html

        It starts at $479.99 U.S., but has both a smaller, detachable keyboard dock and a smaller, 10.1-inch screen. (Not a bad price as it includes the detachable keyboard dock.)

        P.S. It's a fair assumption that anyone purchasing a Chromebook is also interested in a physical keyboard as well. Thus, when comparing Chromebooks and Android notebooks, let's compare oranges to oranges.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • HP can sell more printers no doubt..

          that are e-print ready. Unfortunately, that is the single thing stopping some of my clients from purchasing one. They all have old printers that aren't cloud ready; and they can just afford the Chromebook and that is all.
          JCitizen
    • I bought the Samsung one

      And I find it extremely useful. 95% of my computer needs are met by it out of the box. The other 5% I meet using crouton (access to full Ubuntu on the same hardware).
      dimonic
    • you will see my friend

      as chrome OS slowly rises while windows slowly declines.
      deathjazz
      • Re: as chrome OS slowly rises while windows slowly declines....

        Strange seeing as the developers are seeing it necessary to build an app. that runs ChromeOS on the Metro interface

        http://www.zdnet.com/a-taste-of-chrome-os-in-windows-8-x-7000021656/

        It would seem we are moving towards online virtualization.
        5735guy
      • Lets Roleplay

        Customer: Hi, I see you are selling really cheap laptops for about $300 dollars. Tell me what I get for that?

        Blue Shirt: You basically get a web browser.

        Customer: Aren't Web Browsers free?

        Blue Shirt: This one isn't as good and isn't free.

        Customer: Why would I want to do that?

        Blue Shirt: It gets about 6 hours of battery life.

        Customer: Don't most tablets get like 10 hours?

        Blue Shirt: Sure, but this one has a keyboard.

        Customer: Can't I get a tablet that has a keyboard?

        Blue Shirt: Yes, but this one doesn't have a touchscreen.

        Customer: Why do I want this?

        Blue Shirt: If you surf the web, than this also surfs the web.

        Customer: But it doesn't sound like it can do anything else.

        Blue Shirt: That is correct sir. It can't even really print, but why would anyone need to print if you have the web.

        Customer: I don't think I want one of these.

        Blue Shirt: Ok, but it is your loss. Someday people will think paying for a browser makes sense and you will feel silly.

        Customer: I'll take my chances.
        gomigomijunk
        • Re: Lets Roleplay

          Well, at least you did not get into a fight with yourself in your imaginary store while role-playing. So, there's still hope for you.
          InformationRetrieval
    • Everyone

      Everyone and anyone who has a Chrome browser installed their Mac or PC has 95% of what a Chromebook offers. Plus a full fledged OS, and plenty of local storage.

      They don't get the 100GB of free storage, then again, they don't need it.

      Only good things going for it are it's ease of operation and security. Probably good for students.
      louishelps
  • Yawn.

    HP has reached that stage of their decline where they are throwing anything at the wall to see what sticks.
    Sir Name
    • The Samsung ARM Chromebook has sold well...

      There is a market for computers in this price and size niche. The Samsung ARM Chromebook has done very well, and the cheaper Acer Chromebooks have also found a market. This looks like a nice alternative to the Samsung - slightly more expensive, but slightly lighter, and with better build quality and display. But I'm sad to see the SD slot left out; I find that a much better way to get pictures from my camera than a USB connection.
      mark@...
      • Card reader

        I purchased a $2.80 USB SD card reader and it works fine with my Acer Chromebook. I carry it around in my camera case.
        Aysgarth
  • Is this the lowest price IPS screen Chromebook? Apparently.

    As far as I can tell, this HP has an IPS screen, which could well be worth the extra $30.

    I am on the fence about getting one to be a pass-around for our family. Usually the kids do homework on line and most of what else they do (Pinterest, youtube, etc) is done in a browser. There are times when that is all I need too.

    If it will do a decent job streaming video from Prime, etc, that's a useful ability. And the 5 GHz WiFi means it's not battling it out on the clogged 2.4 GHz band.

    Will wait to see a full review and maybe look in a store.
    bboyes@...
  • What is the point of these?

    I understand they can fill a need for few, but the masses are not interested in such a device. And this is showing, you never see these anywhere. They are simply too underpowered to be justified to be carried as real machines. If I am going to carry a laptop, its giong to be an actual laptop.
    Jimster480
    • Chromebooks are considered "uncool"

      Students at one of the schools we deal with are of the same opinion it seem. It's either Apple laptops or iPads, MS (based) laptops and Surfaces. Android's not a problem.

      Chromebooks? Uncool, apparently.
      William.Farrel
    • "actual laptop[s]", "real machines" and "real OSes"

      Thank goodness I include ZDNet amongst my tech news sites. Otherwise, I how would I be able to separate fiction or fantasy from reality.

      The term 'laptop' is all about the form factor (think clam shell) and is independent of the operating system installed. Chromebooks *are* real/actual laptops. And Chromeboxes are real/actual desktops.

      Certainly, Chrome OS is not for everyone. But, for some fraction of users, it presents a very nice option.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Chromebook

    Chrome is dead, long live Android.
    hayneiii@...
    • chrome is the top used browser, Chromebook was #1 selling Amazon laptop

      Chrome is the top used browser, Chromebook was #1 selling Amazon laptop.
      Facts vs memes.
      captainhurt@...
  • Schools are using chromebook; with Google Drive as student teacher Intranet

    I know of two schools in NYC using using Chromebook in classrooms; with Google Drive as student-teacher Intranet for homework, etc.
    Steve Auerbach