HP readies jumbo Chromebook with Celeron inside

Chromebooks seem to be multiplying. Just last week, we heard a rumor about an upcoming Lenovo Chromebook for schools. Now, a PDF product brochure unearthed by SlashGear suggests HP also has a Chrome OS-toting laptop up its sleeve.

HP’s Pavilion Chromebook 14. Source: HP.

Dubbed the Pavilion Chromebook 14, the system looks like a cheap, run-of-the-mill Windows laptop, minus the Windows part. It has a 14" 1366×768 display, a 1.1GHz Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive, and a 37Wh battery rated for 4.25 hours of run time. At least the thing doesn’t sound too bulky—HP quotes a weight of 3.96 lbs and a maximum thickness of 0.83".

I’m not entirely sure why you’d want a jumbo-sized Chromebook, especially given the paltry 1366×768 display resolution. Acer packs the same pixel count into its 11.6" C7 Chromebook, which is almost a pound lighter and priced at just $199.99. (The C7 has a Celeron 847 and 2GB of memory, too, just like the Pavilion Chromebook 14.) I guess the HP’s bigger screen might be nice for Netflix, but since Chrome OS pretty much only runs web apps, video streaming and downloading options are going to be limited.

Oh, and speaking of Acer… In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Acer President Jim Wong revealed that Chromebooks account for 5-10% of Acer’s U.S. shipments. That doesn’t sound like too bad a start, considering the first system in Acer’s Chromebook lineup started selling in mid-November. For the record, Gartner estimated Acer’s total U.S. PC shipments at 1.38 million units for the fourth quarter of 2012.

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    • ColeLT1
    • 7 years ago

    My girlfriend works on-campus IT, at her college. Their system allows people on network through a web sign-in that installs a program and validates through MAC address. When someone has a console or other (non Win/OSX) device, they have to fill out a form with their MAC address and they get access. This semester just started back she has had 2 chromebooks come through her school so far to be allowed on network, and 0 WinRT devices. The first girl that brought in the chromebook ended up taking it back.

    • maroon1
    • 7 years ago

    Celeron 847 1.1GHz is faster than ARM Cortex A15 @ 1.7GHz
    [url<]http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/review-acers-c7-chromebook-is-199-and-feelin-fine-relatively/2/[/url<]

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Of course it is. But look at that battery life..

    • trackerben
    • 7 years ago

    This is an evolutionary endpoint to localized-application computing. Windows applications would cost on average $10-$50, Commercialized *nux (iOS, Android, etc) would cost $3-$20. With these, the average Google app would essentially cost $zero and would be both accessed as well as made available from the web. The only cost of entry for consumers would be the initial hardware purchase, Much like 20th century broadcast radio in its deployment model, except that Google would not own most of the “stations” but still act as gatekeeper while controlling distribution of all the ads “programming”.

    • Arag0n
    • 7 years ago

    5%-10% of 1.38 million shipments (not sales) equals to 69.000 to 138.000 shipments last quarter…

    Such a big success!

      • A_Pickle
      • 7 years ago

      I like how it’s that ambiguous. “I dunno which it is, but it’s in there somewhere, in that 5-10% range.”

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        And remember, it´s a $200 retail price device…. let´s say it shipped 100k and sold the 100%, it still means around $20 million…. Acer revenue is between $3 and $4 billion, that means a 0.6% revenue at best!

        Acer is willing to blame Microsoft for it´s own failure to provide innovating and worth buying designs such as the Lenovo Yoga. Acer just added touch screen in less than 1% of it´s models and expected people to buy it.

    • Squeazle
    • 7 years ago

    I think the tag must be wrong for this article, it got sorted under mobile computing somehow…

    4 hours 15 minutes run time? And with only a 1.1 GHz celery processor? They must be trolling.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Without Windows, we are finally getting what Netbooks should have been from the beginning: a cheap laptop with a LOW resource OS to run on slower, cheaper hardware.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      and no software to notice any issues with it!

      • Waco
      • 7 years ago

      I run Windows 7 on my netbook with absolutely zero problems. Atom N2600 w/ 128 GB SSD and 2 GB of RAM.

      EDIT: And literally 11 hours of battery life too.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        But.. but… people say Atom sucks and can’t run anything. And drivers are broken

          • moose17145
          • 7 years ago

          I would say those people are both correct, and wrong at the same time. If all you need is basic word processing, email, bit of web surfing, etc, then they are perfectly fine. Heck a cell phone is just fine for that even.

          But they certainly are no gaming chip and aren’t going to handle more demanding applications very well. As enthusiasts I think most of us often times forget that most people aren’t trying to do what we do with our machines, and therefore we have a harder time understanding why someone may not need all the processing power that even a lowly Celeron has to offer. But just my two cents on the matter…

          Also not sure why someone down voted ya… your comment was clearly in jest. Whatever… tis the nature of the vote system I guess.

            • shank15217
            • 7 years ago

            yea I love to use the equivalent of word perfect 4.0 on a cell phone. Low end laptops are NOT good for any serious office suite user. Kabini maybe good enough for a modern office suite based on performance projection but anything less sucks, atom, brazos, via Eden etc.

          • cegras
          • 7 years ago

          Youre right, they cant even handle large excel spreadsheets.

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            Define “large.”

            • cegras
            • 7 years ago

            A typical kinetics experiment in chemistry. Anywhere from 100-1000 entries x a few columns, or that squared.

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      Lol! And including 2Gb of memory with Chromebooks instead of a crappy 512Mb-1Gb as netbooks use to have has nothing to do with Chromebooks feeling snappier right? Just get a Surface RT, Vivo Tab or Lenovo Yoga RT. You will see that Windows even with a Tegra3 processor (far slower than ATOM or the A15 exynoss) runs Windows RT flawless and snappy.

      Manufacturers killed the netbook by including far too few memory. Netbooks were clearly memory starved and not CPU-starved most of the times.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        First-gen netbook was crap even after I upgraded to 2GB. There’s a reason why I dumped mine and got a CULV ultraportable. After four years, it’s still fast enough for most of my light usage

    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    LM FAO, a Celeron…. Good job HP for reminding everyone on why your going to be sold off to the highest (yet still low) bidder before this time next year. The least you could have done was thrown a Pentium or lower end i3 in it. Wouldn’t be hard to hit the cheap price point even using one.

    • moose17145
    • 7 years ago

    And google inches ever closer to having a full blown desktop OS… and everyone thought I was crazy years ago when I said that we will see low end laptops with a Google OS. And now everyone around me says I am crazy that I think soon we will start seeing low end desktops with a chrome OS on them.

    Sure these things may not be able to do everything x86 windows or linux can do… but google is slowly but surely gaining market share in this area, and has already made it clear they aren’t afraid to provide users with things they need / want in order to do it. Google docs anyone? Just give it time… I wont be shocked if in the next ten years we see google become MS’s primary competitor in the OS market.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      it is linux.

        • moose17145
        • 7 years ago

        I know… but hopefully I got my point across. If not, then… well… guess I failed. Wouldn’t be the first time, and am pretty certain it definitely won’t be the last lol

        • chuckula
        • 7 years ago

        +1 to that and.. at least in this flavor it is x86 too (although other Chromebooks are ARM based).

        • shank15217
        • 7 years ago

        an os is more than a kernel, at least the definition has broadened over the years to include what constitutes a platform. anybody can roll their own Linux kernel. It’s not that simple to create a full blown os.

      • moog
      • 7 years ago

      Google is EVERYBODY’s primary competitor. MSFT, Apple, FB, Amazon, Yelp, Linux guys, Verizon/AT&T (soon, you’ll see), etc.

      They’re business model is pretty amazing. Their core search and ad business profits are healthy, allowing them to fund other projects and sell these products for a loss in an offensive play against competitor markets.

        • Arag0n
        • 7 years ago

        And that selling in a loss is killing the market for everyone selling Android phones and tablets but Samsung… there is only one search company, and unlike hardware, there is almost no place for 2 competing online services, just as Google+ can’t effectively compete with Facebook neither Buzz was able to effectively compete with Twitter.

        How can other companies compete with Google if they are willing to sell all kind of stuff at loss and keep themselves profitable from a non-related product/service?

        To put it in perspective, the only 3 companies that could ever do the same are:

        -Amazon, selling hardware at loss to promote amazon books, music and store.
        -Twitter&Facebook providing devices with deep integration at loss to promote facebook main business line.

        However, both Twitter and Facebook deep integration may mean loss of web-usage, and consequently advertisement area, their only real income source… so it has more sense for them to reach agreement with third parties, to sell API’s deep integration more or less at the same price of the revenue loss provoked by that deep integration rather than try to promoto their own ecosystem and try to offset the ad-revenue loss by ecosystem-sales….

        That leaves Amazon as the only potential competitor for Google in that “sell at loss, recover investment from ecosystem-side services later”, and we already know Amazon despite being top-Android-tablet seller, it also makes almost no money yet (but at least does not loss money neither).

        From my point of view, the iPad Mini is a far better approach to low-priced tablet market. It allows a price margin that lets any other manufacturer to try get a profit from the market. It’s ok to sell cheap tablets, but it’s not ok to sell at cost or even at loss. Some countries consider those tactics illegal because it blocks to any potential innovative competition, usually selling at loss is only considered legal for promotional prices.

          • Arag0n
          • 7 years ago

          Oh, and the reason Samsung is the only one making money is because Samsung is the parts-provider, it provides all, from the CPU to the shell. HTC, Huaweii, ZTE and others usually just design using other brands parts, integrate with Android and sell to customers. That’s why Just as Qualcomm and NVIDIA have healthy profits from Android smartphones while Android manufacturers struggle, Samsung has healthy profits because it gets profit from each hardware part integrated in their phones and tablets.

    • bthylafh
    • 7 years ago

    Ars reported on this as well. The reporter thinks that it’s meant for older folks with poor vision and limited needs, which seems reasonable. No risk for HP since they’re mostly (aside from the SSD and keyboard) reusing a commodity design.

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      agreed. not sure why people reacted like this was suppose to be a workhorse. i guess the celery cpu would help keep the battery life higher than an i3.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Burn it, burn it with the heat of a thousand Pentium 4’s.

      • brute
      • 7 years ago

      or a bulldozer and 2 fermis

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 7 years ago

        BD at least has a low power idle, P4’s spit hot air regardless. I’ll give the award of most wasteful CPU to P4 without hesitation.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      I just finished the calculations with my abacus and the results are chilling to say the least. Still waiting for peer confirmation, but for now all i can say is that the combined heat of a thousand P4s would cause a global event mass extinction.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        What’s TDP on your abacus? Or should I be asking about ACP…?

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