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.
HP 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 Intel option; it’s a matter of when.
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 ARM 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.