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2nd Gen HP Chromebook 11 Close to US and UK Release

hp chromebook 11 G2

Following a soft launch in Australia and New Zealand, HP appear to be gearing up to launch their 2nd generation Chromebook  11 internationally. 

The official websites for the company in Canada and United Kingdom are carrying listings for the refreshed device and refer to it as the ‘HP Chromebook 11 G2′. The product pages appear to have only been added in recent weeks. A PDF user guide for the device was also only uploaded to the Canadian site on May 8, 2014.

Neither site has the diminutive device directly available for sale (though, incidentally, the product is not listed on the Australian or New Zealand websites).

Dropping The Google

Google played a hands-on role in both design and development of the “original” HP Chromebook 11 (referred to as the ‘G1′ model by HP), with its white chassis and colour accents clearly reflecting the search giant’s own branding.

The notebook, as well as a range of colourful custom accessories to accompany it were sold through the Google Play Store and select online retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy in the US.

Following its launch last year the device was briefly recalled following issues with an overheating charger.

Dropping the difference

The new HP Chromebook 11 G2 is, at first glance, simply a smaller version of the tech company’s 14-inch model.

HP has dropped more than just the stark design and ‘…by Google’ moniker: the vibrant IPS screen that helped the original device stand out has been swapped out for a cheaper matte display similar to the one used in the Samsung Chromebook. Also gone is all reference to Beats Audio.

But where aesthetics and marketing make a point of difference, the insides of the device remain largely identical:

  • 11.6″ LED Matte Display at a resolution of 1366×768
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM processor @ 1.7GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD

The small selection of ports are also carried over to the G2:

  • 2x USB 2.0
  • Micro-USB charging port 
  • Headphone/microphone combo

With a different design build comes a slight variation in weight and dimensions, most notably adding 0.2″ to the height when closed and an extra 0.30kg to the standard weight.

Pricing

The G2 variant is already being sold at retail in Australia, but no official word on the sort of price US, Canadian and UK consumers can expect. We’re hearing it will be ‘aggressive’ and, in certain countries, targeted primarily at education.

For comparison, the older (arguably more tempting model) continues to retail at around $279.00 in the US, $319.99 in Canada and £229.99 in the UK.

HP Chromebook 11 G2 on UK Website HP Chromebook G2 on HP Canada Website

  • Druxee

    Will we EVER get a Chromebook with a good screen AND decent processing power? That’s ALL that I want.

    • Baspower

      Why do you need ‘decent’ processing power on a Chromebook?

      • Druxee

        The original Chromebook 11′s processor is way underpowered. Not to mention, the intel Chromebooks are getting phenomenal battery life.

        • http://familyoffortune.com/ Caleb Lee

          It’s kinda funny, really, how I’ve read articles saying Intel has better performance, while ARM has better battery life. That just isn’t really true.

          • djw39

            Right now, the advantages of ARM are: fanless, silent, stays cool, cheap. But probably Intel Bay Trail-based chromebooks will wipe out these advantages too.

          • http://familyoffortune.com/ Caleb Lee

            Which makes it all the less likely I’ll upgrade from my current Series 3 to the new 13″ Samsung Chromebook 2 :/

      • Boothy

        If you try using a Samsung Arm chromebook with its 2gb ram, and then compare to a dual core celeron with 4gb ram, and the user experience is totally different.
        The more powerful version just glides through everything, no matter how much you have open.
        I dumped the arm version and went to a more powerful one. It just couldn’t come with the amount I tended to have open without lagging.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/lachlanlikesathing lachlanlikesathing

        I am using this thing right now and can tell you that it lags noticeably when a) You have a youtube video running in the background b) when you try to scroll a webpage before it’s loaded c) you try playing the free html5 version of spelunky

  • Sean Lumly

    I’m not a fan of the look, nor the absence of a bump in specs.

    I [personally] really liked the form factor of the original 11″ HP Chromebook, and would have liked to see that style carry forward with an updated SoC. The 32nm Exynos 5250 is very old at this point, and a much newer SoC would be welcome in these chromebooks.

  • Boothy

    So, generation 2 has:
    Worse Audio
    Worse Screen
    Exactly the same internals
    Heavier weight
    Worse Design (IMO)
    Same price
    Not what I would personally call an upgrade. Well done HP. No sale here (ever)

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Man, I guess it was inevitable that after months and months of great devices coming out someone would misfire. I’d love to know the thinking behind this. Cost cutting? Attempting to get higher profit margins?

    This thing is a firm pass from me. Pity as HP’s Chrome OS devices have been pretty good so far.

  • http://drgeorge.org/ ricegf

    MicroUSB charging is a great feature – USB ports are everywhere. But the rest of the specifications are disappointing. Why not an HD screen and 4 GB RAM? Weird.

    • BKarno

      MicroUSB charging is great in theory, but the HP11 was a terrible execution. Unless you carry around the Google 3 amp charger (the minimum amperage needed to charge in any reasonable amount of time) you will be waiting forever to charge your Chromebook (8 hours or more off of my PC tower), and you won’t be able to use it while it’s charging. The only benefit I have ever realized with the HP MicroUSB system was that the charger was small and traveled well.

      • http://drgeorge.org/ ricegf

        Did you ever test with a 10A Apple charger? I have several of those (well, non-Apple brand) laying around.

        If even that works poorly, then I’ll concede the point. Until USB 3.1, at least. ;-)

        • BKarno

          My point was that the system was sold as “Hey, you can charge this with any Micro USB charger you happen to have lying around, because we all have a ton of those from our phones”, but that simply is not the case. Unless I use the supplied charger, or invest in an additional charger, the charging takes forever. Even with the Google charger it’s 3-4 hours, and I can charge my Toshiba 13 from 10% to full in 1:30. And that charge on the HP11 lasts half as long. It is a decent Chromebook, however, even though it’s kind of a dog. So, if you have a 10 amp charger I’m sure it would work fine.

          • BKarno

            Sorry about all the “And”s

          • http://drgeorge.org/ ricegf

            OK. In fairness, though, I *have* to use the brick charger that came with my C720P, so I won’t hold the HP’s need for a high-current USB charger (the one they include with the product, or a third party model) against them. It’s a step in the right direction, and a positive for their product IMHO, even if not yet the no-need-to-think universal solution you’d prefer.

        • John Grow

          I did use the Apple iPad charger with my HP11, when I had one. It was still not enough to fully charge, but when the recall started on the original charger, it was the best thing on hand till the new Chrome-branded chargers came out.

          I personally *hate* this redesign. I wonder if they’d consider adapting the original design to a Bay Trail CPU instead of a stupid ARM…

  • Kenny Strawn

    This is no upgrade, this is a downgrade… It’s got the same old dual-core Exynos CPU, the same old 2GB of RAM, but with a matte TN display panel to make it even worse quality, not to mention no Beats Audio either.

    Even at $199, it would definitely be a hard sell… especially given my C720-2802 cost that much, yet still has a far more powerful CPU (Celeron 2955U — Haswell) than what’s inside this mess.

    • Tim Seip

      It’s got a Exynos 5, the same as in the new samsung’s not the Exynos 3.

      • Tim Seip

        Nevermind, I’m mistaken, sorry.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/lachlanlikesathing lachlanlikesathing

          It has an Exynos 5250. It’s the same processor and performance is mediocre. (I’m the guy who actually has one). The only reason why I think they stuck with the Exynos was so they could make the whole thing a fanless design so they had no moving parts for education markets.

    • Tom King

      The article seems to indicate that the Beats Audio badging is missing, but not the technology itself, right?

  • Wildnorth

    “G2″

    LOL

  • JusticeL

    I like the design. It’s just like the HP14, but smaller. The processor is the same as the Samsung 2 so I guess it will be fine. The memory well that’s another thing. However, I would only use it as my secondary unit. I just need something to write Google Docs, Hulu and Netflix. I have a Surface Pro right now as my secondary machine. The thing that upsets me is no manufacturers wants to create a Chromebook with a high resolution screen to go along with an Intel processor. I have been waiting and still nothing. I honestly like what HP has done with the new focus to Chrome OS and Android as alternatives to Windows in the retail market. I guess with all of their Government contracts they can try new things.

  • Basem Adi

    The previous ‘generation’ of the HP 11 was only released about 6 months ago. I think this one was released due to the upcoming competition from Samsung’s new Chromebook but it’s not tempting at all. You do get a better camera (there should’ve been a HD camera on the HP11 G1) and bumped up processor, matching the new Chromebook, but that screen is a serious downgrade and the extra weight is significant. This is probably the model HP would’ve released had they not cooperated closely with Google on the HP 11 G1.

    Just a note, the HP 11 sells for £200 in the UK (both Amazon & PC World).

  • Basem Adi

    I would recommend the Asus C200 – better processor, fanless, similar weight to the HP11 G1 and a decent screen, even if not an IPS one (it seems the case from the reviews). It should sell for around £200 too.

  • Smallwheels

    They’ve taken away the best part of this machine, the IPS display. Jerks.

    I contacted HP via their web site and left the comment that I would like to buy an 11″ HP Chromebook using an Intel chip with an IPS display. People are buying 11.6″ Mac Book Air’s which shows me that there is a big market for people who want small quality machines. Why aren’t the big manufacturers listening or taking note?

    • Charlie Du

      Couldn’t agree with you more mate. What I hate is that right now you have to pick between a 1080p screen or an intel processor. Fact is ARM processors’ architecture just doesn’t suit laptops; I’m sure most people wouldn’t mind paying a little more for a haswell and a 1080p display

      • Boothy

        I’d probably buy one on the first day of sale!

  • Peddler

    This is the same deficient Chromebook in a new skin. There are much better models around.

  • jamesharris9999

    Maybe, This is why HP is in trouble as a company OR Google is going to announce a mini Pixel Chromebook that will take all the Chromebook attention at the Google I/O.

    Here are a couple of theories:

    1) HP is sucking wind and they tried to be innovative with the first Chromebook 11 and failed; not because it was not the best Chromebook in its segment but because they delivered a faulty charger of all things.

    It cost HP tons of money to recall and replace the “Dangerous products” they shipped; I would think in the millions of $$$. So, I think that HP is done. The 14 came out and it sucks! The screen is the worst of all the Chromebooks that I test before I bought about about a month ago. I think HP has given up and I think that Google is not willing to help HP, the way they have helped LG, HTC and Samsung develop products in the handset space.

    2) I think that Google invested heavily in helping HP produce the 11 – it almost like a mini Pixel without the touch screen.

    A few months back I dropped my Mac Retina, cracking the screen and could not afford the $800 to replace the screen. So, I decide to buy a Chromebook to work from until I could save up enough. I reviewed every Chromebook I could put my hands on and decided to go with the 11 for the following reasons. (1) The screen is amazing. Simply put, short of the Retina display I have yet to see a better screen. Now, I’ve heard that the Pixel is not joke, but $1,100 is a little rich for my blood after dropping a $2,600 mac and cracking the screen. (2) The speaker is deceptively powerful. I’ve been amazed that the speaker under the keyboard sounds so rich and full. I’ve used it to fill my room with sound each morning as I prepare for work. (3) The price was just right. I could replace this entire machine 3 time for same cost of replacing my Mac’s screen. Thats insanely cheap. I made me angry to think about how much I spent on the Mac in the first place. Is there a truly a need to ever spend $2,000 on a laptop again? I could have bought an HP 11 and a Mac mini for under $1,000.

    So, I have two suggestions. Buy the Chromebook 11s from the Google Play store while you can. It is the only place to find the Black 11. And, look for Google to announce a low end Pixel style Chromebook at I/O.

    • Dave

      I’m with you 100%. I have a black chromebook HP 11 and love it. Great screen…extremely light weight. I could use a little more power so I’m considering a mac book air. Unless they come out with a mini Pixel. I hope they do.

  • Tom King

    Still waiting for a premium featured / power user All-in-One PC with tons of RAM, storage processor power, Bluetooth keyboard/mouse, screen space and AC WiFi that is running Chrome OS. Hey Dell, where is the “Dell XPS One Chromebase”?

  • Marshall Staxx

    The ‘old’ model has a better screen and what appears (to me, anyway) a nicer chassis. Way to go, HP…

    What bothers me more is that the hardware makers are are just as clueless as when they shot themselves in their collective foot with Windows PCs:

    Citing specs with no context gives us nerds something to talk about, but doesn’t attract mainstream consumers. “Haswell! Haswell! Haswell!,” the number or type of ports, replaceable RAM versus non… What good is it if the screen is mediocre and the keyboard crappy?

    Random ‘refreshes’ and short product life cycles don’t make for any brand loyalty, or even brand identity. Competing on price alone just means a race to the bottom in profit margins and product quality.

    At the risk of inviting the wrath of the Apple bashers, Apple’s success has been in no small part due to the fact they made Macs look and feel better than most of their PC counterparts and were able to charge a premium for it. An extra fraction of a Ghz here, an extra USB port there; those make a slight difference in certain applications, but a better screen, a better keyboard, and a chassis that doesn’t creak and squeak are benefits that can be appreciated by everybody in every task.

    Chrome OS deserves better.

  • ILUVFREEWIFI

    Links above do not work. Product withdrawn from these two markets?