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HP updates its Chromebook lineup with 11- and 14-inch models

HP updates its Chromebook lineup with 11- and 14-inch models

After Lenovo, HP has announced that it will be showcasing new affordable Chromebooks at CES 2018 next week.

Unfortunately, the Chromebook 11 has a awful resolution for a modern laptop - its 11.6-inch display only has a 1366 x 768 resolution, like its predecessor, the Chromebook 11 C771, which was launched last August and aimed at students.

Powered by the latest 7th-generation Intel Celeron chipsets, both the devices ship with USB Type-C ports, and share a similar design as well. The design also comes without fans, which should keep things nice and quiet. There are two USB 3.0 ports and, for the first time, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Plus, customers can use the MicroSD card reader to access and transfer content. Customers can stay connected to their network with fast and reliable 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The Chromebook 11 also includes two USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.2.

The Acer Chromebook 11 provides access to the Google ecosystem including Google Drive, Gmail, and a variety of useful Chrome apps and extensions. Of course with Android apps now standard on new Chromebooks (including this one), the touch version may be better for some applications.

Acer claims the new Chromebook 11 CB311 gets up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

HP is adding two Chromebooks to its lineup, which are essentially refreshed versions of its Chromebook 11 G5 that debuted in June 2016.

Availability wise, Acer has said that the Chromebook will appear in the European, Middle Eastern, and African markets in March where the base model will start at €249, before launching in the USA in April for US$249. Acer has yet to confirm whether all options and variants will be available in all regions.

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