Google and HP today announced the Chromebook 11, which would be one of the most affordable Chromebooks around, priced at $279.99. The Chromebook 11 has a micro-USB charging port, which means users won’t have to lug around an additional charging cable and can use the came cable they use for most smartphones and tablets. That is possible, to an extent, because of the ARM chipset that powers the Chromebook, which has been sourced from Samsung – the Exynos 5250.
On the specifications front, we are looking at a 11-inch 1,366×768 pixel display with 176-degree viewing angles, 16GB of local storage with 100GB of Google cloud storage that’s free for two years, 2GB of RAM and a VGA camera. Surprisingly, the battery is claimed to last for just 6.5 hours on a single charge, which is below par for an ARM-based device without a touchscreen. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio out port and a slimport video out.
Surprisingly, HP also has the Chromebook 14, which runs on the latest Intel Haswell architecture that trumps the Chromebook 11 on almost every count. It has a 14-inch display albeit at the same 1,366×768 pixels, a 32GB SSD with 100GB of cloud storage free for two years, 2GB of RAM (with a 4GB option) and a 720p camera. The battery is claimed to last for 9.5 hours, which is roughly 50 percent more than what the ARM version provides. It also comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, audio in-and-out and a 3-in-1 card reader. You get all this for $299.99, which is just $20 more than the Chromebook 11. Both the devices support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional LTE/3G connectivity.
One advantage that the Chromebook 11 has is it weighs just about 1kg while the Chromebook 14 weighs about 1.85kg. The Chromebook 11 might still appeal to those for whom portability is of most importance.