Sorry Microsoft, But Even HP is Interested in Chromebooks
So, what do we know about HP's Pavilion Chromebook? For starters, it will be a 14-inch model, the first of its kind, according to HP, which advertises "full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility." The world's first full-size Chromebook -- Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us PC -- will sport an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz. It's a 32nm chip with 2MB of L3 cache and Sandy Bridge DNA.
Other notable features include:
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 16GB solid state drive
- 10/100 LAN; 2x2 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth
- Altec Lansing dual speakers
- 3 x USB 2.0; HDMI; headphone/mic
- Multi-format card reader
HP's Pavilion Chromebook measures 0.81-0.83 inches (H) by 13.66 inches (W) by 9.37 inches (D) and weighs 3.96 pounds, putting it in Ultrabook territory. It totes a 4-cell battery that's good for up to 4 hours and 15 minutes, which isn't Ultrabook territory.
It's pretty interesting that HP is looking at Google's Chrome OS for an ultra-thin notebook. That doesn't mean HP has lost confidence in Microsoft or its Windows 8 platform, but clearly HP isn't willing to put all its eggs in one basket. With the recent price points introduced by Samsung ($249) and Acer ($199), perhaps the Chromebook category is emerging as the modern-day netbook,