Computex: HP makes big Chrome OS play with Chromebook, Chromebox; also announces SlateBook 14 Android laptop

Having joined the Chrome OS and Android party a little late, HP is quickly making those two platforms one of its biggest bets in the PC market. Ahead of Computex 2014’s official kick-off, the company has unveiled a new Chromebook, announced the specs for its Chromebox Mini PC and thrown in an Android-based 14-inch laptop too.


In addition, HP also launched a range of Windows-powered devices in the traditional notebook, hybrid and all-in-one categories under its Envy, Pavilion and Slate range.


The new Chromebook ditches Intel internals for an ARM-based Samsung Exynos 5350 processor and features up to 2GB of RAM. All of this is pretty standard for Chromebooks with Samsung chipsets. Disappointingly, HP has retained the 1366x768 display for the 11.6-inch panel, and users will get 16GB of internal storage. If you recall, HP had called back its previous-gen 11-inch model after a problem with the charging port.


The 11-inch Chromebook follows the aesthetics of HP’s 14-inch model and is available in two-toned variants. The battery is rated to last just over six hours, while the price tag is an attractive $249.


HP also announced a new Android-based laptop, the SlateBook 14, which features a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen display. Interestingly, it’s one of the few devices with an Nvidia Tegra 4 under the hood, with the quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.

Android-running sleek laptop

Android-running sleek laptop


The device will run a slightly modified version of stock Android – HP’s app store will be pre-installed along side the Google Play Store and the Nvidia TegraZone, which features games built for the Tegra platform. Battery life is said to be around 9 hours on this machine, and the price tag is set at $399. There’s only model available right now, but it’s a fetching black-and-yellow machine.


The HP Chromebox Mini had been slated for a June launch and looks like HP is delivering for those who like Google’s low-powered OS for their homes or small offices. It will pack an Intel Celeron 2955U or a Haswell i7-4600 CPU, so you are getting different performance profiles, though to be honest a Haswell Core processors seems to be a bit too much for Chrome OS.

HP's mini desktop PC running Chrome OS

HP's mini desktop PC running Chrome OS


Buyers can choose up to 8GB of RAM, but the 16GB internal storage, a 3-in-1 SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 x USB 3.0, HDMI out, DisplayPort out, audio out, and a security lock slot are standard. The Chromebox Mini will start at $200 for the base model, but upper tier pricing has not been announced.

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