We recently learned Google Chromebooks account for 22% of all computers used in schools in the U.S. and it looks like that number may rise in the future now that Google has announced a brand-new Chromebook. The HP Chromebook 11 is being touted as an ultra-affordable laptop that is also small and light and is expected to retail for $279.
The HP Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch IPS display, a dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive and runs on Google Chrome OS. 16GB of local storage may sound like a small amount to most people, but the Chrome OS is made to take advantage of the could as many operations and media are typically located off the Chromebook. And because of that, Google is offering 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years from the moment they purchase a new Chromebook. That’s not all as Google is also offering a 60-day free trial to Google Play Music All Access and 12 free sessions of GoGo in-flight Internet.
The HP Chromebook 11 is one of the lightest laptops on the market as it only weighs a total of 2.3 pounds, according to Google’s Caesar Sengupta. The Chromebook 11 also includes a full-sized keyboard and “digitally tuned” speakers located underneath the keyboard. Battery life is said to be rated around six hours, and the Chromebook 11 charges through a microUSB port making it easy to charge with any portable charger.
The HP Chromebook 11 is expected to be released on October 20.