HP is doubling down on Chromebooks with a new 11-inch model that includes a touchscreen making it perfect to use with Android apps. The HP Chromebook 11 G5 features a slimmer design with narrower bezels following its ultra-slim Chromebook 13.
The mini-sized Chrome OS machine only weighs in at 2.51 pounds, compared to the last generation 2.7 pound Chromebook 11 G4. However, it seems like the screen has lost the ability to bend back a full 180-degrees in the process of losing 0.2 pounds.
The HP Chromebook has gained a touchscreen, which is becoming all important as Android apps make their way to Chrome OS. The touchscreen option also upgrades the display to a high definition IPS panel and adds a sheet of Gorilla Glass in front of it.
Spec-wise, the Chromebook 11 G5 features a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB (upgradeable to 32GB) eMMC and up to 11 hours of battery life (12 hours on non-touch models). It also comes at an extremely budget-friendly starting price of $189 and will be available through HP’s channel partners in July and all retailers in the following October.
12.5 hours of battery life is nothing to sneeze at. This is 3 hours more than the claimed battery life on the G4, suggesting that whatever the veracity of the G4’s 9.5-hour claim, you’re looking at an expected increase of over 30%. The newer G5 has a 2-cell, 43.7 WHr battery while the G4 had a 3-cell, 36 WHr one.
As for ports, differences are minimal beyond one of the G4’s USB 2.0 ports being switched over to USB 3.0. All in all, this is a decent deal for the right use case. And even if you aren’t in love with the G5 and its touchscreen upgrade, this can only mean that the G4 gets cheaper. There are other changes beyond those already mentioned, of course, like a redesigned keyboard that HP says will be easier to clean.