HP's $279.99 Chromebook 11 has IPS display, ARM inside

There's a new Chromebook in town—or, at least, there's a new one on the way. HP has introduced the Chromebook 11, a $279.99 laptop with an 11" IPS display and an ARM-powered system-on-a-chip. The system doesn't seem to be available just yet, but it's listed for pre-order at Amazon.

The Chromebook 11 looks pretty slick. It's got a thermal-bonded magnesium chassis, which HP calls "super sturdy," and its white paint job is complemented by a choice of blue, red, yellow, and green accents. A black version is apparently available, too, although I don't see it listed at Amazon.

Within that 2.3-pound chassis lurks a 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, which Wikipedia tells me has dual ARM Cortex-A15 cores, as well as 2GB of DDR3L RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive. There's also an 11" IPS panel with a 1366x768 resolution and 176-degree viewing angles, and HP provides a modicum of connectivity: dual microUSB ports, a "combined" headphone and microphone jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Oh, and a webcam is included.

Interestingly, HP says the Chromebook 11 charges through USB. Given how much the specs resemble those of a tablet, I suppose that's not all that crazy. Battery life is rated for only up to six hours, though, which strikes me as a little short for an ARM-powered device.

Still, for $279.99, the Chromebook 11 looks like a pretty solid web surfing machine. Just keep in mind that Chrome OS doesn't do everything Windows can. When I reviewed Samsung's $249 Chromebook, I was surprised by how limiting it can be not to have access to non-web-based software.

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