In addition to launching a new premium Chromebook, HP has announced that it’s refreshing its budget Chromebook lineup with a new HP Chromebook 11a featuring a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a $219 starting price (although Best Buy already has the notebook on sale for $50 off).
While the price is certainly right, there’s not really much setting the new Chromebook apart from one you could have picked up three years ago.
That’s because, like many budget Chromebooks from 2017 and 2018, the new HP Chromebook 11a is powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake processor, a 6 watt chip based on Intel Atom architecture that was first released in 2016.
While a newer Intel “Gemini Lake” chip would certainly offer a performance boost, you can probably thank the old chip for this laptop’s low starting price.
Here are some of the laptop’s key specs:
- 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel anti-glare display (220 nits)
- Intel Celeron N3350 processor
- Intel UHD 500 graphics
- 4GB of LPDDR4-2400 RAM
- 32GB eMMC storage
- WIFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
- 2 x USB-C (5 Gbps) ports (charging and DisplayPort 1.2 support)
- 2 x USB Type-A ports (5 Gbps)
- 3.5mm audio jack (headphone/microphone
- microSD card reader
- Stereo speakers
- 47 Wh battery
- 45W USB-C charger
The new HP Chromebook 11a measures 12.1″ x 8.2″ x 0.7″ and weighs 3 pounds.