HP Chromebook 13 Rocks Skylake Power, QHD+ Display And Brushed Aluminum Chassis

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Hewlett-Packard is fully committed to Google’s Chrome OS, and that dedication to the platform extends to today’s announcement of the Chromebook 13. The Chromebook 13 is quite the looker with sleek styling, premium materials (like a brushed aluminum chassis that measures just 12.9mm thick) and sixth generation Intel Skylake power.

Let’s first get this out of the way; you won’t find Intel Core i5, Core i7 or even Core i3 processors under the Chromebook 13’s keyboard. Instead, you’ll find a collection of Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors -- HP even offers up a Pentium 4405Y if you’re so inclined, and no matter which processor you choose you receive Intel HD Graphics 515.

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The 2.86-lb Chromebook 13 can be configured with up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory and comes standard with a 13.3-inch FHD display. But for those that crave more workspace, a QHD+ (3200x1800) display is optional. Only 32GB of eMMC 5.0 storage is included, but you’ll find a digital media reader embedded in the side of the machine for additional storage. Dual speakers with B&O PLAY audio are standard as are two USB-C ports, one USB 3.1 port, an HD TrueVision HD Camera, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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The Chromebook 13 can last up to 11.5 hours on a charge and customers can opt to purchase the HP Elite USB-C Docking Station, which adds additional USB ports and support for up to two additional displays. Google has also separately announced a beefed up Citrix Receiver 2.0 for Chrome extension for those that run a lot of Microsoft applications. With the virtualization software, you can remotely run apps from competing platforms — in their own window — directly from within Chrome OS.

HP says that the Chromebook 13 will be available next month with a starting price of $499 directly from HP or from the Chrome for Work site.