Hewlett-Packard Refreshes Chromebook 14 With 1080p Display
The sub-$200 category isn't the only place you'll find Chromebooks hanging around. For example, take witness of Hewlett-Packard's updated Chromebook 14. It sports most of the same guts as the original, but has been updated with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) touchscreen display. With the fancy display added to the mix, HP has it priced at $440 online.
Powering the touchscreen display is Nvidia's Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC) armed with the chipmaker's Kepler GPU and 192 CUDA cores. The Chromebook 14-x050nr also sports 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo jack, microSD card reader, HD webcam, and of course Chrome OS.
HP is gambling that users are willing to pay a premium for a Chromebook, though it remains to be seen if there's still interest in Chrome OS at that price point. It's also worth noting that the timing of HP's release comes as Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts to flood the market with sub-$200 Windows laptops.
If you don't need or want the touchscreen display, you can save yourself $140 by opting for the HP Chromebook 14-x040nr, though it also comes with half the amount of RAM (2GB instead of 4GB).