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May 15, 2014

HP gears up for UK launch of the next gen Chromebook G2

G2-4HP appear to be gearing up to launch their 2nd generation Chromebook  11 internationally.

The official website for the United Kingdom carries listing for the refreshed device and refer to it as the ‘HP Chromebook 11 G2′. The product page appear to have only been added recently. HP does not have the device directly available for sale.

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Google played a hands-on role in both design and development of the “original” HP Chromebook 11 (referred to as the ‘G1′ model by HP), with its white chassis and colour accents clearly reflecting the search giant’s own branding.

The new HP Chromebook 11 G2 is, at first glance, simply a smaller version of the tech company’s 14-inch model.

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HP has dropped more than just the stark design and ‘…by Google’ logo, although the ‘Chrome’ logo is still on the top of the lid. The vibrant IPS screen that helped the original device stand out has been swapped out for a cheaper matte display similar to the one used in the Samsung Chromebook. Also gone is all reference to Beats Audio.

Apart from the aesthetics and marketing point of difference, the insides of the device remain largely identical:

  • 11.6″ LED Matte Display at a resolution of 1366×768
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM processor @ 1.7GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • Micro-USB charging port
  • Headphone/microphone combo

With a different design build comes a slight variation in weight and dimensions, most notably adding 0.2″ to the height when closed and an extra 0.30kg to the standard weight.

Pricing

The G2 model is already being sold at retail in Australia, no UK price is available just yet but, we do expect to hear shortly. We’re hearing it will be ‘aggressive’ and, in certain countries, targeted primarily at education.

For comparison, the older (11-1132UK Wi-Fi) continues to retail at around the £199.99 (£30 off), with the (11-1126UK Wi-Fi) for £229.99 in the UK. Over at PC World

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini