Following their announcement of a partnership with Google to manufacture Chromebooks in India, HP has introduced two new Chromebook models in the US market. While other major PC manufacturers such as Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo are also diving into the Chromebook arena, HP's latest offerings stand out: the HP Chromebook Plus and its sibling, the Chromebook Plus x360. The latter distinguishes itself as a 2-in-1 convertible, while the former remains a conventional clamshell design.
The HP Chromebook Plus boasts a 15.6-inch FHD display, enhanced by a 144Hz refresh rate to ensure a smooth visual experience. With audio technology courtesy of Bang and Olufsen, it promises high-quality sound. A notable feature is the 1080p webcam equipped with both a privacy shutter and a mic-mute key. Inside, the device is powered by an Intel Core i3-N305 processor and comes with integrated Intel UHD graphics. Consumers have the option of either 128GB or 256GB storage paired with 8GB RAM. The Chromebook Plus offers a battery life of up to 10 hours and operates on the latest ChromeOS, granting access to the Google Play store. As for connectivity, it's loaded with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, dual Type-C ports, a Type-A port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
HP released its new Chromebook model
The HP Chromebook Plus x360, on the other hand, showcases a 14-inch touch and stylus-enabled display with WUXGA resolution. It features a versatile 360-degree hinge, allowing users to adapt the device into different modes. It comes equipped with a 5MP FHD camera, paired with the same privacy features as its counterpart. Performance-wise, the Chromebook Plus x360 is driven by a 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. It offers up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and storage options that go up to 512GB SSD. Similar to the Chromebook Plus, it promises a 10-hour battery life with the bonus of fast charging support.
In terms of pricing, the HP Chromebook Plus is set to retail starting at $499, while the Chromebook Plus x360 will be available from $699. Both devices will be available for purchase in the US from October 8.