HP updates its premium Chromebook x360 14c to 11th gen Intel CPUs
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Chromebooks are continuing to enjoy a resurgence with the work-from-home (WFH) phenomenon boosting sales of a number of consumer technology products. While most are today’s equivalent of the former netbook category with relatively cheap build quality and middling specifications, there are some premium offerings to be had among them. One of these is the HP Chromebook x360 14c which is the third of three models in the premium HP Chromebook range and the one best equipped.
HP has seen fit to give the Chromebook x360 14c a spec bump in a couple of key areas including the addition of new 11th generation Intel silicon. There is a new dual-core Core i3-1115G4 option and a quad-core Core i5-1135G7 option with the former sufficient for most people while the latter is targeted at a select market looking for a high-powered Chromebook. Both chips come from Intel’s Tiger Lake-U family launched in September last year and which feature its Willow Cove cores.
Also getting an upgrade is the 14-inch 1080p touchscreen display, which is now coated in Gorilla Glass 5 which should help minimize scratches or marks on the screen. Oddly, however, the battery life seems to have taken a backwards step with HP claiming 10.5 hours for the new model -- the previous model was rated for 13.5 hours. Nonetheless, the HP Chromebook x360 14c remains a strong proposition for those looking for a premium Chromebook with the latest silicon and a versatile design.
HP says the new computer will be available at Best Buy and through HP.com website shortly. The Core i3 model with 8 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage starts from US$650.