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Earlier rumors proved to be true as Google(s goog) and HP(s hpq) introduced the HP Chromebook 11 laptop on Tuesday. The new Chrome OS device is available immediately for $279 directly from Google Play and HP as well as Amazon(s amzn) and Best Buy(s bbuy). The 2.3 pound device is powered by a Samsung Exynos chip; silicon that usually powers smartphones and tablets.
The device is all plastic on the outside, but with a magnesium frame for rigidity and to keep the weight low. Inside is 2 GB of memory plus 16 GB of flash storage. Additional ports include two micro-USB ports and a Slimport for video out. The 11.6-inch display uses a fairly typical Chromebook resolution of 1366 x 768. The display viewing angles, however, are an impressive 176 degrees. Battery life is expected to be around 6 hours.
Like Google’s own much more expensive Pixel, the new Chromebook 11 has speakers hidden under the keyboard. That may sound bad on paper, but in reality, it works really well on my Pixel. Google continues to offer free storage with this Chromebook: 100 GB of Drive space are included for two years with the purchase of a Chromebook 11. An added bonus of a Google Play Music All Access 60-day free-trial also comes with the newest HP Chromebook.