The fledgling Chromebook class of always connected portable computing machines appears to be surprisingly taking off and breaking into the mainstream, as Samsung, Acer, HP and Lenovo are all increasing their dedication to these often underrated Chrome OS-based laptops.
The most dedicated Google partner in this venture? Probably HP, even though their first effort here, the Chromebook Pavilion, only saw daylight in February 2013. But since then, a spanking new, upgraded Chromebook 14 was introduced (not yet launched though), plus a mystery 11-incher leaked out mere hours ago.
Dubbed simply HP Chromebook 11, this thing will allegedly sport an 11.6-inch display (no words on resolution, but don’t expect much), plus a 6.5-hour battery, 0.7 inches thick profile and 2.4 pounds body.
Sadly, everything else is being kept under lock and key for now, so all we can do is make assumptions and rely on guesswork. For instance, I’m guessing the 11-incher, like the recently announced 14-incher, will pack Intel Celeron “Haswell” power.
Also, since Acer is the only other Chromebook maker to have a similarly sized mini-laptop in the pipeline, don’t be surprised if HP’s bad boy will cost exactly as much as the C7 C720, i.e. $300. As for an ETA, if you want it vague it’s “in time for the holidays”, while if you want it a little more specific, it’s early or mid-November… presumably.