More HP, Google Chromebooks Arrive Before Windows 8.1
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has unveiled more Google (GOOG) Chromebooks only days before Microsoft (MSFT) ships Windows 8.1, reinforcing HP CEO Meg Whitman's push beyond the classic Wintel PC formula. And yes indeed, the new HP Chromebooks will be available from channel partners.
Chromebooks are cloud-based notebooks promoted by a range of Google hardware partners. The devices are catching on in schools and some businesses, and Chromebooks replace aging Windows XP systems in a range of settings.
According to HP:
- The HP Chromebook11 is one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market; it's designed for students and SMB customers. Starting at $279.99, the HP Chromebook11 weighs 2.3 pounds; has an 11.6-inch diagonal IPS screen; and offers a 6-hours battery life.
- The HP Chromebook14, starting at $299, is designed for businesses that want simple, secure, mobile productivity. It includes a 14-inch screen and HP TrueVision HD Webcam for web chats.
- The Chromebooks will feature optional 4G LTE connectivity from Verizon, plus 100GB of Google Drive storage.
HP is quick to note that it has a multi-operating system strategy. Yes, the company certainly remains committed to Windows 8 and the forthcoming Windows 8.1 — which arrives Oct. 18. But HP's decision to unveil new Chromebooks only a week before Windows 8.1 ships shows just how diversified the operating system and mobile markets have become.
A spokeswoman for HP says the new Chromebooks will be available through HP channel partners and resellers soon.