The Chromebook, the cloud-centric laptop that connects to the Internet and runs Google’s Chrome operating system, is getting a reboot this fall. HP announced the Chromebook 11 G5 with an available touchscreen. With a redesigned chassis, the Chromebook features a slimmed-down design with a narrower display bezels, thinner and lighter dimensions than previous generations, and promises up to 12.5 hours of battery life (based on Google Chrome OS power_LoadTest)- at a budget-friendly starting price of $189.
The release comes on the heels of the HP Chromebook 13, a higher-end device launched in April. It touts a 13.3-inch diagonal screen with a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution IPS display, and it was the first Chromebook to use the sixth-generation Intel Core M processor and enable docking station compatibility.
The new HP Chromebook 11 G5 is the first of HP’s 11.6" diagonal Chromebooks to offer a touchscreen - an inviting new experience for the many touch-enabled Chrome and Android applications in the Google Play Store that is planned to be compatible with Chrome OS later this year.
The 11 G5 is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, it has a new, smooth-curve keyboard design and one version of the device comes with an optional HD IPS touchscreen panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT.
The HP Chromebook 11 G5 is available through channel partners starting in July and set to hit retailers' store shelves in October.