HP Chromebook 11 G2 on the way, for better or worse

HP launched its first 11 inch Chromebook in late 2013, offering a portable Chrome OS laptop with a low-power Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core CPU, a nice IPS display, and a compact, attractive case designed with input from Google.

While the HP Chromebook 11 wasn’t exactly the most powerful Chrome OS device around, I found a lot to like about the $279 laptop when I had a chance to review it.

Now it looks like HP is redesigning the HP Chromebook 11… although it’s not clear that the new HP Chromebook 11 G2 is an improvement over the original.

HP Chromebook 11 G2

The HP Chromebook 11 G2 isn’t available for purchase yet in most countries, but it recently went on sale in Australia and popped up at HP’s UK and Canada websites.

Like last year’s model, the new HP Chromebook 11 G2 features a Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

But the new model doesn’t have the same IPS display with wide viewing angles as its predecessor. And while the original HP Chromebook 11 weighed 2.3 pounds, the new model starts at 2.95 pounds. It’s also 0.8 inches thick instead of 0.6 inches.

HP has also redesigned the case to make it look more like the larger HP Chromebook 14 and less like a tiny, cheap sibling to the Google Chromebook Pixel.

In other words, the new model is thicker and heavier than last year’s Chromebook 11, isn’t any faster, and has a screen that some folks will find inferior. Hopefully that means HP also plans to offer the Chromebook 11 G2 for a lower price.

via OMG Chrome

  • youngcrv

    Terrible. Would have loved if HP had just used the 1st generation and added BayTrail (fanless). Its hard to be a fan of HP with all their boneheaded moves over the years.

  • Bill

    What’s the point? It’s as if HP actually wants to be non-competitive. I would imagine by summer’s end this one will be a novelty as competitors release much better Chromebooks at equal or better pricing.

  • Penn Taylor

    Baffling move unless it retails for less than $200 US, and questionable even then.

  • icebiker

    who’s running the show at hp? clueless.

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    Instead of this, they should have created a more powerful version of the first CB11 with a fullHD, 13″ IPS screen. That would have been interesting even for a higher price.

    Dumbing down a good model and making it worse is hardly something you will get positive reviews for.

  • Philippe Bigeat

    The more I think about it, the less I can find a single reason why this would make sense.

  • EdListen

    What they needed to do is take the insides of the 14 and put it into the 11 case and they would have had a leading Chromebook.

  • john walczy

    If this article is accurate, The G2 will never sell. There is no incentive to buy this if it has the same specs adds weight and has a lower grade display. What are you thinking HP?

  • http://evanisvinks14.com/ evanisvinks14

    I am a owner of the original. the ONLY improvement looks like the trackpad, maybe a bigger battery? (too lazy to research this stuff, would appreciate a reply)

  • lerm

    Trying to figure out why this upgrade make sense gives me a headache.