One of the best features of the original HP(s hpq) Chromebook 11 won’t be in the upgraded G2 model. HP hasn’t officially announced the G2 but it is on sale in Australia and has appeared on video. What you’ll sadly see in this hands-on from Lachlan Tsang after he purchased one is that HP downgraded the screen on this model from the bright, vivid IPS display found on HP’s original Chromebook(s goog).
It’s evident in the video that the display on the new Chromebook 11 is of a lower quality than the screen of its predecessor. That model has the best display out of all of the currently available 11.6-inch Chromebooks in my opinion and it’s one of the reasons I liked HP’s first small Chromebook: Viewing angles are excellent and the panel helps the 1366 x 768 resolution look sharper than on competing models.
The new HP Chromebook is also redesigned to look more like the larger HP Chromebook 14. That’s not necessarily a bad thing although it adds 0.2-inches in thickness and a hefty 10.6 ounces to the weight. Perhaps HP has put a larger battery inside with the extra space; we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to find out.
Aside from those changes, everything else is the same; not necessarily a good thing. In particular, HP is still using the same Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core processor that debuted in the original Samsung Chromebook in 2012. That’s disappointing, particularly when there are newer ARM chips available such as the eight-core chip Samsung is using in its Chromebook 2.
OMG Chrome suggests the new HP Chromebook G2 will launch soon in the U.K. and U.S. and notes that there’s a user manual for the new laptop available in Canada. My hope is that HP has priced this to reflect some of the lesser qualities, perhaps $199 to $229, or aims this specifically at the education market.