HP Chromebook x360 12b and 14b convertibles launching soon
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.