We knew that the announcement was in the air for some days and exactly when – a bit ‘by chance – we discovered the existence of the new HP Chromebook 11 G5. The announcement is now official and the information disseminated by the American company confirms all our indiscretions: the new Chromebook is just a refresh of its predecessor but adds a newer processor, a touch screen and greater autonomy. The mix could be enough for a purchase, but the price of only $ 189 making it one of the cheapest models on the market.
I mean, who is going to buy a Chromebook to medium-low, can not discard the new HP Chromebook 11 G5. It will be available from July “through partners” but it should hit the stores (retail) only in October.
As expected, this fifth generation will be equipped with a 11.6 inch HD display (1366 x 768 pixels) with an Intel Celeron processor N3060 (Braswell) dual-core 1.6GHz, backed by 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of memory internal. The screen may be (optionally) touch, for the first time on a HP Chromebook, which will be useful especially when the Android applications for Chrome OS will become more numerous and popular.
Although HP Chromebook 11 G5 will not support Android applications to launch, later this year, Google has assured support for Android apps and the Google Play Store for all the latest devices with Chrome OS. Then a touch display is not necessary to run Android applications, but some may work better than other non-touch devices. Until now, the only Chromebook capable of running Android apps is the ASUS Chromebook Flip but will soon expand to the Acer Chromebook R11 and the Chromebook Pixel (2015). The function will activate wheel, on all other devices.
The SKU with touch display raises the weight of the Chromebook 11 G5 1.87 Kg with 11 hours of battery life, while the non-touch version weighs only 1.14 kg and has well 12.5 hours of battery life per charge. To something one has to give up! Both versions, however, are characterized by the same frame (which measures 205 x 286 x 18.4 mm), with inside WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, two USB 3.1, HDMI 1.4, audio jack, and a microSDHC card reader.