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HP Updates Chromebook 11 with Bay Trail Processor – Meet the G3

Alvin Chin dug up a new Chromebook from HP’s website today. (Good one buddy!). It looks like an update to thier already updated Chromebook 11, this time dropping the ARM processor and replacing it with an Intel® Celeron® N2830. They call it the HP Chromebook 11 G3.

The official literature hints that they have education market in mind:

Keep students engaged and empower staff to easily manage classroom assignments with the affordable, powerful, and productive HP Chromebook 11 G3. From research to collaboration, this thin and light Chromebook gets top marks.

However, there is nothing “education” friendly beyond the literature. No rugged body or water resistant keyboard, so we’ll have to wait and see what their plan is, if they made this for the schools.

chromebook  HP Updates Chromebook 11 with Bay Trail Processor   Meet the G3

Here is the rest of the specs:

  • Intel® Celeron® N2830 with Intel HD Graphics (2.16 GHz, up to 2.41 GHz, 1 MB cache, 2 cores)1
  • Memory: Up to 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB SSD Storage
  • Display: 11.6″ diagonal HD SVA WLED anti-glare (1366 x 768)
  • 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 4.5 mm AC power connector; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 SIM
  • Weight: Starting at 1.28 kg

Now, some history. The HP Chromebook 11 came first with a cool design which everyone talked about a lot. This was one of the very few Chromebooks that Google had some say on the looks etc. It even had the fancy lights that we saw on the Pixel.

Then they updated it. The Chromebook 11 G2 came with the same processor, new design (like a mini HP Chromebook 14) and lower quality screen.

And then, we have this G3. I don’t know where this is going. Anyways, we’ll wait for the official announcement to see how they are going to price this baby.

I would love to see HP bringing the original design and display of Chromebook 11 version 1, and update the processor to the Tegra K1 like the new Acer Chromebook.

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