The recently announced HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 are both coming to Australia and coming soon, according to HP Australia. Both models are due to begin hitting retailers in the middle of November and will be available where all good HP Laptops are sold.
The Chromebook 14, which promises to give a boost to battery life based on the inclusion of the power sipping Haswell architecture that the Intel Celeron 2955USoC used inside the new model is based on, with Google advising that the Haswell chipset should allow for all day usage.
The outside of the HP Chromebook 14 has been designed with choice in mind with a range of colours on offer – Snow White, Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach – the Chromebook 14 is made out of a plastic chasis but with a slightly rubberised top.
The HP Chromebook 11 which was described with the phrase ‘made with Google’ when it was launched by Google is also coming to Australia at the same time. While the Chromebook 11 was launched in the Google colours of Green, Yellow, Blue and Red, as well as Piano White and Black, the only colours to make it to Australia will be the Piano White and the Blue variant.
Powered by the Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM SoC, the Chromebook 11 offers the bonus of microUSB charging, a boon for anyone who has had to carry multiple chargers around while travelling.
The Chromebook 11 also includes the fabulous Google Lightbar that was introduced on the Chromebook Pixel, it’s a little over the top and unncessary, but is very much a nice extra touch – Try the Konami Code on it ;).
|Model #||HP Chromebook 14-Q002TU||HP Chromebook 11-1101 AUST|
|Processor||Intel® Celeron® 2955U Processor1.4GHz, 2MB L3 Cache)||Samsung Exynos 5250 (1.7GHz) Dual (ARM® Cortex-A15 MPCoreTM)|
|Graphics||Intel UMA Shared Graphics||UMA Shared|
|Speakers||Dual Speakers||Dual Speakers|
|Panel||14.0-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)||11.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366×768)|
|RAM||4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM||On-board 2GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM|
|Maximum Memory||Memory slot no user-accessible||Memory slot no user-accessible|
|HDD||16GB eMMC||16GB eMMC|
|Networking/Wireless||2×2 802.11 abgn WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0||2×2 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth®|
|Media Reader||Support SD/SDHC/SDxC, and MMC Supports mini versions of SD/MMC/MS adapters (adapter is not included) (note: SDxC support for capacity only, not speed)||Support SD/SDHC/SDxC, and MMC Supports mini versions of SD/MMC/MS adapters (adapter is not included) (note: SDxC support for capacity only, not speed)|
|I/O Ports||2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI v1.4, Headphone & Microphone in Combo Jack, HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone, dib HP HDMI to VGA Display Adapter, 65W AC Adapter||2x USB 2.0, (Front-facing) VGA Webcam with integrated digital microphone, 3.5mm Headphone & Microphone Combo Jack, 15.75W AC Adapter|
|Security||Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot||None|
|Battery||4-cell 51WHr lithium-ion battery||3-cell 30WHr lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year|
|Weight||1.9kg (4-cell)||1.03kg (4-cell)|
|Dimensions||2.06cm (H) x 34.4cm (W) x 24.0cm (D)||1.74cm (H) x 29.7cm (W) x 19.5cm (D)|
Both the HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 will be eligible for the 100GB of Free Google Drive storage – valid for 2 years – that previous models have shipped with, making the 16GB SSD not such a downside in terms of storage.
The pricing for the units of $399 and $499 is slightly above the US based pricing of US$279 for the Chromebook 11 and US$299 for the Chromebook 14 however it is still quite a niche product here in Australia and once retailers get their hands on them, competition may bring those prices down locally.
We look forward to getting review units of both the Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 when they arrive in Australia.