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Colourful New 11-inch Chromebook Unveiled By Google

In a press event earlier today, HP and Google announced the new 11-inch Chromebook discovered earlier this week.

The white Chromebook 11 with subtle colour accents.

The white Chromebook 11 with subtle colour accents.

The device features more or less the same specs as expected, albeit in a vibrant form factor that wasn’t.

Weighing in at just over 2 pounds, Google tout the magnesium frame that keeps the light, plastic device sturdier than other Chromebook models.

The Verge went hands-on today as well, noting the Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The Exynos 5 line is also used in Samsung’s wildly popular ARM Chromebook. There’s no mention of whether the device uses Beats Audio, but HP have placed the speakers under the keyboard for more clarity.

Though the specs look (perhaps disappointingly) similar to current-gen Chromebooks, the IPS display – with 176° viewing angles – is a significant upgrade from other similarly priced models. The Chromebook 11 also features a Micro USB charging port, so you won’t need a tangle of cables when you leave the house.

The device has two USB 2.0 ports (no 3.0 here sadly) and SlimPort video out. The Verge mention that a configuration with 4G LTE is expected to be available as well, though no announcement has been made at this time.

Like other Chrome OS devices, the Chromebook 11 comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage for 2 years and a 60-day trial of Play Music’s All Access service released earlier this year.

The Chromebook 11 will retail for $279 – in line with other lower-end Chromebook models – and should start appearing in several retailers in the US and UK today, including Google Play, Amazon, and PC World. The device is set for release in other countries for the holiday season.

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  • MaitreyaVyas

    These new Chromebooks by HP, Acer and Samsung needs to be in India … they’ll sell like hot cakes here…

    • Chromelover

      You mean sell like hot bhajias

  • Den

    I so want to see them in Italy

    • shoryuken

      Aaaaaaaaaaand, you right, bro!


  • Petr Tajovsky

    Worse connectivity than the old Samsung Chromebook? No USB3 port, no HDMI port, no SD slot. Why?

    • Curtis Mitchell

      The only one that makes me WTF is the lack of USB3. I’m fine with no HDMI since we get microUSB + slimport. Lack of an SD slot is annoying but not a dealbreaker since I can use thumb drives or a USB SD card reader

      • Santi Achinelli

        It all depends on the speed of the SSD and upload speeds. From what I heard, it was a bit redundant on the Series 3 (and indeed, I haven’t really seen any particularly strong differences on it myself).

  • Reece Williams

    £229 price from PC World available from 21st October in the UK.
    But for same price I would pick the Samsung as HDMI and SD card slots included and 3.0 USB port.

  • gtj

    This laptop looks great but without better battery or connectivity its redundant even if it has a slick design and nice screen. If i have to pay 300-350 to get this with hdmi/sd/usb3 and 10+ hours i would.

  • IvanBotty
    • Mike Hussion

      Sadly, it’s probably one of those backgrounds that Google only uses for advertising purposes (kinda like the multicolored lo-fi Nexus backgrounds that don’t ever actually show up on the devices…) Not certain of this but it’s likely.

      • IvanBotty

        I had seen on the verge of a chromebook ..

  • Naga Tudor

    The cpu is a buzzkill for me. I have the arm samsung chromebook and i cant even watch youtube in hd. Its very bad and slow. If there was a better cpu i would buy it cause i love the screen

    • shadowguy14

      Really? I can watch HD perfectly fine on Youtube, but on other video sites just forget it! Very sad and I do warn others about buying this if they’re big video watchers (I’m one :( )

      • Naga Tudor

        Yes,from day 1 i have to watch hd content with an html5 addon and even then it cant go higher than 720p…the processor is very bad and notoptimozed for chromeos….on nexus 10 it works gr8 though

    • Sam Hollis

      If they took the Chromebook 14’s specs and put it into this body and screen size I’d be happy.

  • dhtcogb

    anyone know if the laptop will charge while you have the slimport used with an external monitor? I’m hoping to use as a work computer with email open in one monitor and remote desktoping on the other monitor.

  • Sanjay Negi

    Chromebook 11 by HP is an extra ordinary product, available to buy at affordable price.

  • Boothy

    Personally I find the arm chip a little under powered, I got rid of the Samsung one, and traded up to the Samsung 550 (lovely machine), but I’m really glad to see Google taking an active hand in the design and branding. That with the number of new models indicates the next step in pushing chromebooks.
    I hope Google are in this for the long hall, establishing chrome OS is going to be a decade (at least) long initiative :)