Google’s Chromebook laptop series will finally live up to it’s “Chrome” name, given its new shiny appearance in collaboration with hardware company Hewlett Packard.
According to 9to5 Google, HP laptops worked with Google’s Chromebook developers to construct the Chromebook 13.
HP and Google’s Chromebook developers have revealed the new chrome Chromebook 13 today as fans are amazed with the specs and, as always with Chromebooks, the price.
Google’s Chromebooks aren’t recognized as fully functional PC’s in comparison to the rest of the laptop market, 9to5 Google claims.
However, the HP-Google collaboration is slated to impress Chromebook fans, and laptop aficionados altogether, with some of the specs that the Chromebook 13 is supposed to have.
The HP-made Chromebook 13 is an all-metal laptop — brushed anodized aluminum, to be precise — finished with HP and Google’s shiny logos. A huge step up from the Chromebook’s staple plastic casing design on older models.
HP and Google’s Chromebook 13 will feature a 13.3 inch, non-touchscreen display screen. The resolution on HP and Google’s creation will have QHD+, or 3200×1800, with the option for a 1080p standard if that’s too much for you.
The HP-made Chromebook 13 may even be able to hold its own against some of the latest MacBooks. The Chromebook 13 will have the Intel Core M processor running the show.
The same processor is also found in Apple’s new MacBooks. The Chromebook 13 will also support 16 GB of RAM.
HP and Google’ Chromebook will come stocked with a 45-watt hour battery in addition. HP noted that it will give Chromebook users approximately 12 hours of use when fully charged, one more hour than the latest MacBook.
Also akin to the new MacBook, HP’s new Chromebook 13 will also feature the infamous USB Type-C, except the Chromebook will have two of them.
MacBook fans already claim to miss the old MagSafe chargers, exclusive to MacBooks, which connected the cable using quick-release magnets for safety. They also miss multiple ports, allowing for charging both the laptop via MagSafe and their phones, too.
The Inquisitr reported why they made the switch despite criticism. CNN Money correspondent Samuel Burke stated the following.
“Big tech companies (like Apple) say that USB-C is a triple threat, you can not only charge your laptop faster with these cables, it’s also faster to transfer data and it can also work as a video output.”
And HP and Google are immediately following the trend. However, they’re not ready to fully commit quite yet. The Chromebook 13 will still have one standard USB-A 3.0 port on the laptop.
Some more features include HP’s “TrueVision” HD camera, accompanied with a headphone/mic jack. As for the speakers, Chromebook 13 users will be using a Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system.
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The Chromebook 13 will have a starting price of $499, pricy for a Chromebook, but as a laptop given the specs it will come loaded with, perhaps the best alternative for cheap.
Other pricing for the HP-Chromebook-made laptop are as follows.
- 4 GB w/ Core m3 — $599
- 8 GB w/ Core m5 — $819
- 16 GB w/ Core m7 — $1029
One rumor regarding the Chromebook 13 is that Android Play Store is to make its debut to on the HP-driven laptop. Currently, Chromebook primarily supports only Google Apps for download on the platform.
What do you think of Google and HP joining forces to create the Chromebook 13? Can it truly compete with the MacBook, and is it worth the cost?
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