+ Friday October 18th, 2019

Ahead of an announcement at the upcoming BETT education show in the UK starting on Friday, HP has today unveiled a new range of education focused Chromebooks heading to Australia.

There are three models in the new range which HP says are purpose-built for students with power, durability and design in mind. The focus on education also extends to the Chromebooks all receiving MIL-STD810G certification which includes the ability to survive a drop from up to 76cm, as well as having an IP41 dust/water resistance rating which is also includes a splash resistant keyboard.

The three Chromebooks include the HP Chromebook 11A G6 Education Edition, powered by an AMD which will be available from the 29th January 2019, the HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 Education Edition, and the HP Chromebook 11 G7 Education Edition, powered by Intel powered by Intel Celeron processors.

All three come with 11.6″ HD resolution display, but you may have to specifically opt for the touch screen option on the HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE model. The HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 comes with a 360-degree hinged display, while the other two models come with a durable 180° hinge allowing you to lay the Chromebooks flat on a desk.

Full Specs:

Chromebook 11A G6 EEHP Chromebook x360 11 G2 EEHP Chromebook 11 G7 EE
11.6″ diagonal HD Display with optional touchscreen11.6″ diagonal HD IPS BrightView WLED – backlit touchscreen
with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
AMD A4-9120C APU
with Radeon™ R4 Graphics
Intel Celeron N4100 or N4000 processor
with Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM8GB LPDDR4 – 2400 SDRAM
16GB – 32GB eMMC 5.0 storage32GB up to 64GB eMMC 5.016GB up to 64GB eMMC 5.0
Qualcomm Wireless-AC 802.11a/b/ g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
Intel DualBand Wireless – AC9560 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth 5 Combo
1 microSD card1 multi-format digital media reader1 microSD card
2 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Power delivery, DisplayPort)
2 USB 2.0
1 Stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
2 USB 3.1Type-C™(Charge and video support, data transfer, power delivery)
1 USB 3.1 Gen1(HP Sleep and Charge)
1 Stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
2 USB 3.1 Type-C (Charge and video support, data transfer, power delivery)
1 USB 3.1 Gen1 (charging)
1 Stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
HD audio, dual speakers, integrated microphoneDual Speakers
Full-size island-style keyboard,
chalkboard gray,
spill-resistant,
pick resistant;
Clickpad with multi-touch gesture support
Full-size island-style keyboard,
chalkboard gray,
spill-resistant,
pick resistant;
Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
720p HD camera720p HD camera 5MP camera(world-facing)720p HD camera
HP Smart 45 W External AC power adapter
2-cell,
47.36 Wh Li-ion,
Up to 10 hours
HP Smart 45W USB Type-C adapter
2-cell,
47.36Wh Li-ion
Up to 11 hours and 30 minutes
HP Smart 45W USB Type-C adapter
2-cell,
47.36Wh Li-ion
Up to 13 hours
30.6 x 20.8 x 1.81 cm starting @ 1.29Kg30.6×20.8×2.11cm starting @ 1.47Kg30.6×20.8×1.89cm starting @ 1.33Kg

HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE

HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE

HP Chromebook 11 G7 EE

The Chromebooks run Chrome OS (obvs) as well as having full support for Android apps through Google Play. HP is also including their Classroom Manager software allowing teachers greater control of classroom PCs.

HP has given the date for the release of the HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE as January 29th, but haven’t supplied any pricing just yet. The HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE and HP Chromebook 11 G7 EE are arriving in Australia this year, but HP have simply given ‘coming soon’ as the release date and we’ll be getting pricing closer to the launch date.

It’s been some time since we saw info on general Chromebook releases here in Australia but they are gaining popularity for use in the classroom across the Catholic Education Office and in the public school system. We’re excited to see more models arriving

Daniel Tyson  

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Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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