HP Launches Chrome OS Tablet PC, All-in-One Desktop

Posted on August 10, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Chromebook, Chrome OS with 22 Comments

In yet another sign of the versatility of Chrome OS, HP today announced a Chromebook tablet PC and an All-in-One (AIO) Chromebase.

“The last year and a half drastically shifted consumers to a new hybrid world, putting a focus on how they think about and use their devices, with a change from one PC per household to now one PC per person to work, live, and play,” HP general manager Josephine Tan says. “HP collaborated closely with Google to optimize our newest platforms, along with curating a superb and secure software and app ecosystem for the best possible experience on Chrome OS devices. As a result, we’re expanding our Chrome OS portfolio with the introduction of the HP Chromebook x2 11 and the HP Chromebase 21.5 inch All-in-One as users search for devices that help them seek a more personal, or family-friendly experience, in today’s hybrid world.”

The HP Chromebook x2 11 is an 11-inch tablet PC that’s similar in both form and function to Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup. It features a thin and light CNC aluminum body with an 11-inch 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and is powered by the Snapdragon 7c compute platform, Wi-Fi 5, and optional 4G LTE connectivity. It is bundled with an HP Wireless Rechargeable Pen and a detachable Type Cover-like keyboard and touchpad, and will cost $600 and up at HP.com when it becomes available in October.

The HP Chromebase 21.5 inch AIO Desktop is billed as the world’s first Chromebase All-in-One with a rotating display. As its name suggests, it features a 21.5-inch Full HD display, and it can rotate 90 degrees between landscape and portrait orientations and tilt upward by 20 degrees. It’s powered by Intel Core processors with up to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, and it offers dual 5-watt speakers that are powered by Bang & Olufsen audio optimizations. The HP Chromebase 21.5 inch All-in-One Desktop will be available later this month, will cost $600 and up at HP.com. It will also be available at select US retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, HP says.

Additionally, HP is announcing a Works With Chromebook certified HP M24fd USB-C Monitor that’s powered by a bundled 65-watt USB-C cable that also drives the video signal. The display features HP Eye Ease with Eyesafe certified technology that reduces blue light without impacting the colors shown, HP notes, and will be available in October at HP.com for $250.

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22 responses to “HP Launches Chrome OS Tablet PC, All-in-One Desktop”

  1. dnationsr

    big question..do they have tpm

    • jimchamplin

      Multiple ones. At least like 5. And they also have a lot of Gs. No less than 10 to 12 Gs. ?

      I’m not sure that the Snapdragon uses the same security architecture as an x64 PC, honestly. That seems like something that would be built into the SoC.

    • ringofvoid

      As best I can tell, all Chromebooks, including ARM based, include Infineon TPM. I located a TPM vulnerabity report about early versions of Infineon TPM it on the Chromium project site and a bunch of ARM based Chromebooks were affected.

  2. anoldamigauser

    I had wondered why no one offered a Chrome based desktop. Without LTE, the one place that someone with broadband access can depend on being always connected is home. For a lot of people, this is all they need if they are in the Google ecosystem. The price seems a bit high though.

    • ringofvoid

      Flipping through HP's other all-in-ones ~$600 doesn't seem too unusual. It's hard to compare when the 21.5in rotating touchscreen is such a unique feature. Much like the new M1 iMacs, there's a indefinable value to the aesthetic as well. Were I buying, I'd wait to see what the i3 8GB RAM options sells for though.

    • hrlngrv

      Don't need to be in the Google ecosystem. Chrome OS users can use OneDrive and Office web apps, Zoho Office, rollApp, other alternatives.

      Yes, an actual account with persistent settings requires a gmail account, but it really isn't necessary to use any Google services.

  3. SvenJ

    Oh look, HP released a Surface that doesn't run Windows. That sounds like a MS move. The rotating screen on the AiO is a nice touch.

  4. rmlounsbury

    I'm legitimately interested in the Chromebase 21.5 device. Is this the first dedicated ChromeOS (e.g. ships with ChromeOS/built for ChromeOS) desktop device that has upgradeable memory and storage? Until this everything I've seen in the desktop space isn't upgradeable by the user at all. I can't even think of a Chromebook that allows the user to upgrade memory. That bit is really interesting.

    The traffic cone base is a little goofy... I'll have to watch for reviews on this one.

  5. davidallen

    Not bad, the laptop seems a little high priced, but if the build quality is good I can see it. People need to take a look at what home users do these days, most of it is web based or at least phone/tablet based. Do we even need multiple windows machines anymore?

    • vladimir

      yea, we do

    • jdawgnoonan

      I am a power user and architect cloud services for a very large organization and I have no real need for a Windows box anymore. All that I need is a powerful text editor and first class web browsers.

    • rmlounsbury

      I'd say a lot of non-power users these days don't need a full Windows box (the biggest exception being gaming -- but ChromeOS is about to pickup Steam compatibility + cloud gaming). Even a lot of power/pro users can still probably get buy with a ChromeOS device given it's ability to turn on Linux and get to a terminal. Outside of work I have my Pixel + Pixelbook and that is it for the moment. With xCloud + Xbox I'm close to not needing a Windows machine for gaming either.

    • StevenLayton

      No, most normal people don’t. It’s mostly nerds like us who have twice more devices than household members!

  6. jf-nyc

    Now imagine if Microsoft offered something like this. A Surface Pro 8 plus a Surface Monitor.

    • hrlngrv

      Slap Windows 11 on Surface devices, and they're have a Chrome OS-like desktop UI.

  7. igor engelen

    Something to keep in mind when my parents want to replace their old Windows laptop.

    They mostly use Google apps anyway.

  8. MikeCerm

    The X2 11" isn't a bad tablet for $300. For $600 it's a joke. You could buy an iPad Air or a Surface Go. You could buy like 3 Lenovo Chromebook Duets for that price. The performance of the Snapdragon 7c is better than the Mediatek CPU in the Duet, sure, but not 3 times better. Not so much better that it enables some different kind of use that the Duet simply cannot handle. Snapdragon 7c is still pretty low end. Both are fine for light web browsing and nothing more.

    • paul_nelson

      I agree it does seem expensive however, it does come bundled with the pen and keyboard which neither the iPad Air or the Surface Go do. So that may make it a bit more palatable price wise.

      It will be on sale soon enough and will become a much better prospect. I have a Surface Pro X and the processor never feels slow to me for doing all web browsing, office work and watching endless media.

      • MikeCerm

        The Lenovo Chromebook Duet retails for like $279, comes with a keyboard, no stylus, but Lenovo's USI stylus is like only like $30. There's no reason the HP X2 should cost $600 for hardware that's only marginally better. Likewise, there's really no reason Surface Pro X should cost as much as it does. I'm not saying that the performance is bad or anything, that you can't do some light web browsing and document editing and stuff, about as well as any $300 laptop or tablet. But, the performance is just not what one should expect from a $1000 device.

    • ringofvoid

      A lot of HP Chromebooks are priced to put on sale. My HP Chromebook x360 was released at $599 last summer when I bought it immediately on sale for $399. Now it's routinely selling for just around $400. I think the overpricing is just an HP thing. This package, which includes the detachable keyboard & pen, compares much better to the competition on sale for $300-$400

      • rmlounsbury

        It does seem that Chromebooks are the Samsung of the PC world. Wait a few months and a lot of newer Chromebooks go on fire sale after the initial offering. The exception to the rule is the Pixel branded devices from Google which don't go on sale until they are headed out the door for good.