Thus far, HP has kept a consistent distance between its two Chromebook lines performance-wise, fitting the smaller, lower-end 11-inch models with ARM-based Exynos chips, and the larger, beefed-up 14 inchers with Intel Celeron processing solutions.
But apparently, the HP Chromebook 11 will before long close the gap to big bro, ditching the laggy, power-consuming Exynos CPUs for Intel Bay Trails. Specifically, a Chromebook 11 G3 is nigh, according to info unintentionally exposed on HP’s own official website, with an Intel Celeron N2830 inside.
Needless to point out Bay Trail sits closer to the bottom of the totem pole than Haswell as far as both raw speed and frugality are concerned. But it also goes without saying Bay Trail beats Exynos any day of the week, delivering better runtime on a single battery charge and superior performance in everything from web browsing to, well, web browsing. That’s what Chromebooks are for, right?
No word on Chromebook 11 G3 pricing or release dates just yet, although since everything else is the same old, same old, it shouldn’t take HP that long to throw it in the lion’s den, opposite the newest, hottest Chrome OS laptops manufactured by Acer, Asus, Lenovo or Dell.
Wait, HP Chromebook 11’s maximum RAM support seems to be upped as well, to 4 gigs, so the G3 isn’t really a minor, incremental update after all. Therefore, if I were to venture a retail cost guess, I’d probably say $250. $300, tops.