Looks like HP’s next Chromebook 11 is dropping the ARM chip for an Intel Celeron

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Although it received a small update back in May, it appears that HP’s Chromebook 11 is getting another. And this time, the change is much bigger as the next version of the Chrome OS laptop is changing from ARM-based to Intel chips.

[company]HP[/company] hasn’t made any announcement on the Chromebook 11 but an official PDF data sheet with details of the Chromebook 11 G3 was found on HP’s site by Alvin Chin. Chin shared the information on his Google+ page where Chrome Story noticed it. Since the data sheet is on HP’s servers it’s really not a question of if the Chromebook 11 is getting an [company]Intel[/company] option; it’s a matter of when.

hp chromebook 11 g3 specs

Inside the G3 model will be an Intel Celeron — based on Intel’s BayTrail architecture for long battery life — running at 2.16 GHz, along with up to 4 GB of memory. The other specifications are unchanged: 11-inch 1366 x 768 display, 16 GB of flash memory, 100 GB of Google Drive storage included, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an optional LTE modem.

Much of the marketing speak on the data sheet suggests the HP Chromebook 11 G3 is a good choice for the education sector, so it’s possible this device will be limited to school purchases. That would be a shame though as the last refresh of the Chromebook 11 kept the nearly two-year old Samsung Exynos [company]ARM[/company] chip, so it didn’t gain a performance boost. Using the Celeron, the overall device should be a little faster but also gain battery life over the original five hours for the HP Chromebook 11.

 

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head4space

Looks like HP are going after the Acer C720 – which if they get the display and the price right they may have a winner on their hands.

Craig Campbell

The HP Chromebook 11 makes me so sad. What a potential superstar product. Light weight, compact size, amazing keyboard and fantastic screen. And then there’s the performance…. I bought a Chromebook 11 a few weeks ago. I instantly fell in love with it. Beautiful machine ergonomically, great to use and to look at – until you start opening lots of tabs or complex websites. I tried watching a Google Play movie and it just popped and stuttered all over the place. Such an utter shame. I was so disappointed with the archaic processor and performance that I very reluctantly returned it.

I’m giving the Chromebook 14 a try at the moment. I’m liking it a lot for around the house usage, and it’s way faster than the 11 was. It’s a bit too bulky to want to carry around though.

For poratbility, I’m sorely tempted by the Acer C720. I know the i3 versions are out online (and hopefully in retailers like Best Buy soon) but the Celeron 2GB model is going for insane prices right now, like $179 at Best Buy. I’m sure the i3 will be faster, but likely not double-the-price faster!

Joseph

Kevin you excited about the new 13″ Chromebook (Asus?) that was just announced? 13 hr battery life? I read somewhere where you use a Chromebook extensively….

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