HP unveils Chromebook 11 for £229

8 Oct 2013

New Chromebook 11 costs £229 - only marginally cheaper than the 14in version

Google has added the HP Chromebook 11 to its lineup of budget PCs running Chrome OS, starting at £229 in the UK.

The £229 price tag buys you a Wi-Fi model, and the specs mention 3G and 4G models, but HP hasn't announced pricing or availability for these.

The Chromebook 11 comes with an 11.6in IPS display with 1,366 x 768 resolution. It packs a Samsung Exonys ARM chip and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and claimed battery life is around six hours.

Unusually for a Chromebook, the device can be charged via its micro-USB port, which could be handy for sharing chargers with other Android smartphones or tablets.

The Chromebook 11 has a 16GB SSD and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, as with the 14in model. Google's throwing in a a free subscription to its music streaming service on top, though only for 60 days.

There's also a VGA webcam, two USB 2 ports and a micro-SIM slot on the 3G/4G models. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.

The laptop weighs just over 1kg and features what HP describes as a lightweight, sturdy metal chassis, although the casing itself is plastic.

The new PC will be available from Currys, PC World and other retailers by the end of October, HP said.

This is HP's second attempt at a Chromebook laptop, after the firm unveiled its Pavilion 14 Chromebook in February starting at $330 in the US and £250 in the UK. That makes the new model only marginally cheaper, although it's already possible to buy the 14in model for the same price from some UK retailers.

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