HP unveils pair of new colorful Chromebooks

The updated $299.99 Chromebook 14 is powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, while the refreshed Chromebook 11 uses an Intel Celeron Bay Trail CPU and starts at $279.99.


Lost a little in the shuffle at this week's IFA trade show in Berlin, but certainly not lost in the marketplace , HP Chromebooks are receiving a refresh to be available next month in time for holiday shopping. The latest version of the company's Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 get new processors and will again be available in a variety of colors.

Most notable, the Chromebook 14 will follow in the footsteps of Acer's Chromebook 13  by using Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor instead of an Intel chip, like most Chromebooks utilize. The K1 promises superior performance  with its quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 192 CUDA cores for graphics, along with improved battery life, though HP claims both new Chromebooks will run 8.25 hours between charges. The Chromebook 11 gets a more modest Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core Bay Trail processor instead.

The new HP Chromebooks share the same screen resolution (1,366x768), though the smaller Chromebook 11 will get more pixels-per-inch out of that. While both versions include 16GB of built-in storage, the Chromebook 14 can be equipped with a 32GB SSD. Likewise, either Chromebook model can come with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, but the Chromebook 14 supports DDR3 up to 1600MHz, whereas the Chromebook 11 comes with 1333MHz memory.

The Chromebook 14 also will be available in more colors than its smaller sibling. Both include a turquoise blue option (pictured above), but while the Chromebook 11 is also offered in white, the Chromebook 14 can be purchased in silver, orange, or neon green. Either way, these Chromebooks don't look like the standard chrome-silver competition.

Like most other Chromebooks, HP's new laptops are extremely affordable. The Chromebook 11 has a starting price of $279.99 when it ships on October 5, while the Chromebook 14 will start from $299.99 when it becomes available October 22. Can the Chromebook 11 overcome the woes of its predecessor, which was recalled due to an overheating charger cable ? Can the Chromebook 14 improve upon its previous success with a new processor? We'll find out soon enough.