HP's educational Chromebooks get an upgrade
HP's educational Chromebooks are updated to 2019 models.
HP's educational Chromebooks are not the flashiest computers, but they are very important to schools and the thousands of students who use them.
So it's good to see that HP is upgrading two of its Chromebook 11 models with newer, faster versions that are designed specifically for education (via Engadget ).
Leading the way is the new Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE (education edition), an update to the Chromebook x360 11 G1 model that launched in 2017. However, HP keeps things pretty similar to the G1: there's still an 11.6 Inch convertible display that can flip over to function as a touchscreen (along with an optional Wacom pen) and a rugged rubberized chassis that should be used by the noisiest of students.
HP is also adding a new 5-megapixel camera to the front cover of the Chromebook (in addition to the standard webcam), with the goal of making it easier for students to explore and photograph the world around them right on their computer. Other changes are coming to the internal specs, with options for a pair of newer Intel Celeron processors (specifically, the N4000 and N4100 chips), plus support for up to 8 GB of RAM and a choice between 32 GB or 64 GB of onboard memory.
Also updated is the HP Chromebook 11 G7 EE, which, as the numerical progression suggests, is an upgraded version of last year's Chromebook 11 G6 EE model.
The Chromebook 11 G7 EE doesn't have the same convertible abilities as its counterpart, though HP still offers a touchscreen option for the 11.6-inch display along with a presumably cheaper non-touch configuration.
The G7 EE also gets the same upgraded Celeron chips as the x360 G2, and can also be configured with up to 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
However, HP points out that the G7's RAM is soldered directly to the board and is therefore not upgradeable, and the base model of the G7 offers only 16 GB of storage compared to the x360 G2's 32 GB.
None of the laptops have a price or release date yet, which makes sense, considering HP is currently only selling them directly to schools.
But if history is something to get through In the near future, nearly identical consumer models are likely to be available.