HP's first Chromebook specs leaked

Details of HP's upcoming Chromebook have been leaked, suggesting that the company is preparing to launch a new system powered by Google's Chrome OS imminently.

Details of HP's upcoming Chromebook have been published onto the company's Web site ahead of its launch.

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Detailed in the leaked document (PDF) is a Chromebook branded under the company's Pavilion label. With a 14-inch display--1366x768 pixels--it features a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, and a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD). It also features a front-facing webcam, and a full complement of connectivity options, including USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and HDMI ports.

Thanks to the screen, HP is calling the device "the world's first full-size Chromebook," a change that means Chromebooks are shifted out of the netbook category and placed firmly in the notebook category. The increase in screen size should be welcomed by those who want a larger screen and a less-cramped keyboard.

This system is packaged into quite a thin form factor, just 0.83 inches thin at its thickest point, which means that there's no excuse for leaving it at home.

The device is powered by a 4-Cell 37WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion battery cable of powering the system for up over 4 hours. The spec might not seem all that impressive, but remember that this system is powering Google's Chrome OS, and not Windows, which means that a more meager specification should suffice.

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Also, don't let the 16GB of storage put you off. That might get cramped rather quickly on a Windows system, but Chrome OS is built with cloud storage in mind, which means that it will be more than enough for this machine.

The advertisement embargo date for the leaked document file is February 17, which means that we should get an official announcement in the next fortnight.