HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging
HP is unloading on some smaller announcements ahead of its inevitably larger reveals expected at CES 2018. Naturally, these include a handful of refreshed Chromebooks in 11.6-inch and 14-inch form factors designed for grade-school users and classroom environments.
HP Chromebook 11 G6
First up is the Chromebook 11 G6 as the successor to the Chromebook 11 G5. Much like its predecessor, the system will continue to use Celeron processors with up to a 768p display. The chassis has been redesigned to be slightly thinner and heavier with MIL-STD 810G specifications, spill-resistant keyboard, multiple USB Type-C ports that can be used for charging, and double the RAM capacity. The HDMI port, however, is now gone.
|Chromebook 11 G6||Chromebook 11 G5|
|CPU||Celeron N3350, N3450||Celeron N3060|
|GPU||HD Graphics 500||HD Graphics 400|
|Display||11.6-inch matte 768p, glossy 768p touchscreen, 220-nits||11.6-inch matte 768p, glossy 768p touchscreen|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB LPDDR4-2400||4 GB LPDDR3-1600|
|Connectivity||2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x 3.5 mm audio, MicroSD reader||2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x HDMI, 3.5 mm audio, AC adapter, MicroSD reader|
|Battery||47.36 Wh||43.7 Wh|
|Dimensions||30.6 x 20.8 x 18.05 cm||28.6 x 20.5 x 18.4 cm|
|Weight||Starting at 1.24 kg||Starting at 1.14 kg|
HP Chromebook 14 G5
Next is the Chromebook 14 G5 as the successor to the Chromebook 14 G4. Like the Chromebook 11 G6, the redesign integrates MIL-STD 810G specifications and multiple USB Type-C ports with upgraded internal specifications and an optional keyboard backlight. HP is fortunately not omitting the USB Type-A ports on these new Chromebooks, but we do find it strange that they integrate MicroSD readers instead of the more common full-size SD reader. Neither of these systems are equipped with 360-degree hinges and touchscreens are optional as a result.
|Chromebook 14 G5||Chromebook 14 G4|
|CPU||Celeron N3450, N3350||Celeron N2840, N2940|
|GPU||HD Graphics 500||HD Graphics|
|Display||Up to 1080p IPS touchscreen||14-inch matte 768p, 1080p|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB LPDDR4-2400||Up to 4 GB DDR3L-1600|
|Connectivity||2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm audio, MicroSD reader||3x USB Type-A, 1x HDMI, 3.5 mm audio, AC adapter, MicroSD reader|
|Battery||47.36 Wh||37 Wh|
|Dimensions||33.7 x 22.6 x 1.83 cm||34.4 x 24 x 1.78 cm|
|Weight||Starting at 1.54 kg||1.71 kg|
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HP Chromebox G2
Lastly, the Chromebox mini PC will be updated with much more powerful ULV Core ix U-series options reaching up to the i7-8650U. The additional horsepower can be used to drive up to two 4K UHD external monitors via USB Type-C for increased productivity, though the dedicated DisplayPort option has been curiously omitted in this latest iteration. The fact that most Chrome OS systems can now access the Android Play store makes the value proposition of new Chromebooks and Chromebox Mini PCs much more enthralling.
No launch dates or prices have been revealed, but we will likely learn more about these details come CES time.
|Chromebox G2||Chromebox G1|
|CPU||Celeron 3865U, i5-7300U, i7-8650U||Celeron 2955U, Core i7-4600U|
|GPU||HD Graphics 610, UHD Graphics 620||HD Graphics|
|Connectivity||5x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, SD reader, RJ-45, USB Type-C, AC adapter||4x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x HDMI, SD reader, DisplayPort, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio, AC adapter|
|Dimensions||149.3 x 149.3 x 40 mm||126 x 124 x 39 mm|
|Weight||670 g||630 g|