New HP Chromebook combines Tegra K1, 1080p touch screen

Another Chromebook has entered the fray. Say hello to the HP Chromebook 14 Touch, whose $439.99 asking price gives you front-row seats to the unlikely marriage of a 14" 1080p touch-screen display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.

The official spec sheet doesn't say which Tegra K1 variant HP went with—the 32-bit Cortex-A15 model or the 64-bit Denver-based one. I'd expect the former, though. The first Tegra K1-based Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 13, launched in August and features the 32-bit version of the K1 (along with 4GB of RAM, deceptively enough).

The HP Chromebook 14 Touch has the same 4GB memory capacity. It's also got 32GB of eMMC storage and a pretty generous assortment of connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, SuperSpeed USB, and HDMI. The system is 0.7" thick, weighs in at 3.77 lbs, and sports a 37Wh battery with an 8.25-hour rating.

That run time pales in comparison to the 13-hour rating of Acer's Chromebook 13. The Acer machine does have smaller, non-touch-enabled 13" display, though. I guess HP chose to prioritize the larger touch screen here. That's perhaps a fair compromise, since 8.25 hours is still pretty respectable by Chromebook standards.

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