The folks at HP have revealed a new Chromebook x360 with a set of specs that make it a true contender for Chrome OS supremacy. This device doesn’t have the most high-end hardware in the universe, but for this price point, it’s pretty gosh-darned good. Along with a set of rugged-ready features, this Chromebook rolls with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card reader too.
The Chromebook x360 (11-ae010nr) works with a touchscreen and the ability to run Android apps inside Chrome OS. While this doesn’t mean users can run ANY Android app, there’s a bunch already onboard. This device joins the ever-growing list of Android app-ready Chrome OS devices – along with most new Chromebooks from this point forward.
The display is a touchscreen, which is a must when using Android apps. The touchscreen is an 11.6-inch HD IPS WLED-backlit panel covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. That means it’s scratch-resistant. That and the “spill resistant” keyboard make this device more rugged than most other Chromebooks.
This Chromebook x360 sports an Intel Celeron Processor N3350 (dual-core) with 2MB Cache and a base clock speed of 1.1GHz, with up to 2.4GHz burst frequency. This machine also has 4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM onboard and Intel HD Graphics 500. Internal storage is 16GB eMMC – expandable by the microSD card slot at its side.
This machine has 2×2802.11ac WLAN wireless internet connectivity as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Several ports sit on either side of the Chromebook: 2x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports and 2 USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1 ports. There’s also a single headphone/microphone jack for all your headphone/microphone combo needs.
There’s a Kensington Mini Security Lock on this Chromebook for both in-store and at-event security. This device has a battery life up to 11 hours and 30 minutes with mixed usage – according to HP. The purchase of this Chromebook includes a 1-year limited hardware warranty with 90 days limited technical support for both software and initial setup.
This Chromebook from HP will cost users right around $300 when it arrives in stores immediately if not soon. Included with purchase is 100GB cloud storage with Google Drive (for 2 years). This machine will be available for sale from several outlets like Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Micro Center, Costco, and Amazon.