HP debuts first ARM-powered Chromebook

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.

HP 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.

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