A new wave of Chromebooks is hitting the market, and one of the more popular features appearing on the spec sheets of those machines is a touchscreen. That trend should come as no surprise to anyone watching the market, since Chrome OS will be getting support for Android apps downloaded from Google Play in the near future. HP's latest Chromebook offering is the Chromebook 11 G5, which the company says is its first 11.6" Chromebook to offer a touchscreen.
Back in April we reported on HP's Chromebook 13, a curiously-positioned device more akin to a premium laptop in specifications than a traditional Chromebook. The new model is more typical of the Chromebook breed, with a 1366×768 IPS display and a Braswell-based Celeron N3060 SoC. The Intel chip should give it a little more grunt than the Rockchip in Jeff's Chromebook Flip. HP claims the non-touch version can manage 12.5 hours of battery life, while the touchscreen version hits 11 hours. While those numbers are impressive, they aren't out of line for a Chromebook.
HP's press release makes a lot of noise about the thin and light qualities of the Chromebook 11 G5, but the only information we have about its dimensions is the weight, at 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg). That's pretty light for a device with a Gorilla Glass display. Pricing will start at $189, although that's surely for the non-touch model. HP says the Chromebook 11 G5 will be available starting in July.