HP Chromebook x360 12b and 14b convertibles launching soon
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HP is updating its Chromebook x360 convertible lineup with the 12b and 14b models that should begin shipping in Q4 2019. While the x360 family already featured 14-inch and 11-inch models, the upcoming 12b model is going to be the first 12-inch variant of the series, and HP also adjusted the prices to match its competitors.
As the name suggests, the new Chromebooks integrate a 360-degree hinge that allows users to switch between laptop mode, tablet mode, and tent display mode. Speaking of displays, the touchscreen comes with an IPS matrix and supports a separate stylus USI pen (available this November). Both models may be powered by a Celeron N4000 dual-core CPU, but users can also opt to equip both models with a Pentium Gold dual-core / quad-thread CPU. Memory-wise, the base specs include 4 GB upgradable up to 8 GB, and storage options include 32 / 64 / 128 GB eMMC.
Other standard options for both models include:
- Stereo speakers
- Dual-band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0
- microSD card reader
- HD webcam
- Voice interaction via Google Assistant
- Backlit keyboard
- Port selection: 2x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, headphone jack, no display output
- Full metal chassis
The 12-inch model gets a display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1366 x 912 resolution, while the 14-inch model integrates 16:9 768p or 1080p screens. Since the 12-incher is smaller, it only comes with a 40 Wh battery and weighs just under 3 pounds. Alternatively, the 14-incher gets a bigger 47 Wh battery and weighs around 3.5 pounds.
HP did not specify exact availability dates, but the basic configurations for each model are set to cost US$359 and US$379, respectively.