HP Launches a Premium New Chromebook, Along With a AMD-powered Chromebook

HP is expanding its line of Chromebook devices with two new additions: the world’s first AMD-powered Chromebook, and a premium new Chromebook for its enterprise customers.

HP’s new Chromebook 14 is one of the first AMD-based Chromebooks. The device is powered by AMD’s dual-core A4 (9120) processor and AMD’s Radeon R3 graphics. That’s obviously not very powerful, and that’s acceptable considering the device is aimed at the low-end market. The device comes with up to 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and only 32GB of eMMC storage.

The device includes a 180-degree hinge so you can rotate it around when you are playing games or watching movies. The device does support Android apps and games, so you will be able to run most of the apps and games from Google Play Store on it. It also features audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen.

Starting at $269, the device will be available in Chalkboard Gray, Snow White, and Ink Blue finishes this month.

And then there’s the premium new HP Chromebook x360 14 G1. The device is powered by Chrome Enterprise, and it’s focused on business customers. It sports a 14-inch FHD IPS touch-screen display. HP says this the company’s first ever Chromebook to feature an Intel Core i7 processor, going with the latest 8th gen Core U-series processors. The device features up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 64GB of eMMC storage.

Design wise, the 14-inch device is quite good looking, coming in at a thickness of only 16mm. The device features an aluminium cover, a diamond-cut touchpad, and narrow bezels around the display. It is a 2-in-1, so you can use it in a bunch of different modes.

HP isn’t revealing the pricing details of the Chromebook x360 14 G1 as of yet, and it’s likely the device won’t be cheap. I personally don’t see businesses investing on premium Chromebooks, but those interested in security and simplicity might be interested on something like this.

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  • madthinus

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    06 January, 2019 - 1:12 pm

    <p>So which one is first AMD Chromebook, this HP or the Acer you mentioned in the previous post?</p>

    • siv

      06 January, 2019 - 1:28 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392248">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>I was thinking that! :)</p>

      • madthinus

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        06 January, 2019 - 1:56 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#392249">In reply to Siv:</a></em></blockquote><p>Wording was changed. There is also an inconsistency. The HP one here is mentioned as not being very powerful where the Acer one is "a big deal" per that report. Truth is, both these machines use revised AMD parts that is based on 28nm technology and it is non Zen parts, these still use Excavator cores configures at 6W.</p>

        • wright_is

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          07 January, 2019 - 3:32 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#392264">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes, I was wondering that as well. Using the old cores doesn't make much sense, apart from them being dirt cheap, although bang-for-buck is probably still not very good.</p><p>As to the Acer, that uses the A4 and A6, so is a "bit" more powerful in the top configuration, but still nothing to get excited about.</p>

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