HP’s New Rugged Education Edition Chromebooks: 11.6- & 14-Inch Displays, Low-Power CPUsby Anton Shilov on January 23, 2020 1:00 PM EST
HP this week introduced its new family of Chromebooks designed for students and teachers. The laptops use low-power SoCs from AMD and Intel to ensure a long battery life, they are rugged enough to survive classes and their feature set is tailored for the specifics of educational environments.
HP’s new family of Education Edition Chromebooks includes four machines: the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE based on Intel’s dual-core or quad-core Celeron N4000-series ‘Gemini Lake’ SoCs; the HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE featuring AMD’s A4-9120C and A6-9220C SoCs with Excavator x86 cores and a GCN 3-based GPU; the convertible HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE powered by Gemini Lake; and the HP Chromebook 14 G6 also with Gemini Lake inside.
As their names suggest, the notebooks feature a 11.6-inch and 14-inch display with or without touch and/or stylus support. Most of the models will have a 1366×768 resolution, but there will be 14-inch SKUs with a 1920×1080 resolution.
All the 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks machines from HP are built to withstand drops on wood and concrete, they feature a spill-resistant keyboard, and support modern connectivity, such as Wi-Fi 5, USB Type-C, and microSD. In order to ensure that all modern programs for education can run fast enough even when used simultaneously, the systems come equipped with 8 GB of RAM, but their local storage is limited to an eMMC 5.1 drive with capacities ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB. Meanwhile, like all Chromebooks, these are feature Google’s H1 security chip.
HP’s 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks are equipped with a 47.36 Wh battery that provides from 10 to 13.5 hours of battery life, according to the manufacturer. As for portability, the laptops feature a 1.83 cm – 2.09 cm z-height and weight from 1.32 kilograms to 1.54 kilograms. Considering the fact that these Chromebooks will be used primarily in classes and are not supposed to be carried around for a long time, they seem compact and light enough.
|HP's 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks|
|Chromebook x360 11 G3||Chromebook
Gorilla Glass 3
with or without digitizer
|CPU||Intel Celeron N4120 - 4C
Intel Celeron N4100 - 4C
Intel Celeron N4020 - 2C
Intel Celeron N4000 - 2C
|Security Chip||Google H1|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 600||AMD Radeon R5
AMD Radeon R4
|RAM||8 GB LPPDR4-2400||8 GB DDR4-1866||8 GB LPPDR4-2400|
|Wi-Fi||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 (Wi-Fi 5)||Qualcomm
|Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|USB||Type-A||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1||2 × USB 2.0||2×USB 3.1 Gen 1|
|Type-C||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1||1×USB 3.1 Gen 1|
|Other I/O||microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones|
|Dimensions||Thickness||1.88 cm | 0.74 in||2.09 cm | 0.82 in||1.88 cm | 0.74 in||1.83 cm | 0.72 in|
|Width||29.5 cm | 11.61 in||32.65 cm | 12.85"|
|Depth||20.53 cm | 8.08 in||22.7 cm | 8.93 in|
|Weight||1.32 kg | 2.91 lbs||1.45 kg | 3.19 lbs||1.37 kg | 3.02 lbs||1.54 kg | 3.38 lbs|
|Battery Life||?||?||10 hours||13.5 hours|
|Price (starting at)||?||?||?||?|
HP will start shipping its 2020 Intel-based EE Chromebooks this month, whereas AMD-powered models will be available in February. Prices will vary depending on the configuration.
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