HP’s been offering Chrome OS laptops for a few years, but for most of 2015 the company’s lineup has had an interesting quirk: the HP Chromebook 11 featured an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor while the HP Chromebook 14 had an NVIDIA Tegra K1 ARM Cortex-A15 chip.
Now HP is updating it Chromebook lineup with a new 14 inch model featuring an Intel chip… an Intel Bay Trail chip.
Yep, the new HP Chromebook 14 for the end of 2015 uses 2-year old chip technology rather than a new Braswell or Skylake processor.
The good news is the latest HP Chromebook 14 is reasonably cheap, with a starting price of $250.
The new HP Chromebook 14 measures 0.7 inches thick and weighs 3.7 pounds. It features an Intel Celeron N2840 processor and 16GB of storage.
HP’s 14 inch Chromebook is available with a 1366 x 768 pixel matte display or a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS screen if you’re willing to pay a little more for it: the HP Chromebook 14 with a full HD display has a starting price of $280.
The notebook has a full-sized HDMI port, a microSD card slot, a headset jack, and HP says the Chromebook 14 should get up to 9.25 hours of battery life.
The new Chromebook 14 features 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth, two USB 2.0 ports, and a USB 3.0 port that also supports sleep & charge functionality.
HP offers a sky blue model with a white lid and keyboard as well as a silver version of the Chromebook 14. The laptop measures about 13.5″ x 9.5″ x 0.7″.
HP says the Chromebook 14 should be available in November, although a business/education version called the HP Chromebook 14 G4 with 32GB of storage and some enterprise features launches in October for $279.
“optional Full HD display”, I’m inclined to interpret that as “the non-FHD model will be reasonable priced, and the FHD model will be hard to find, overpriced, and probably never discounted”.
Nope. The FHD model is just $280.
I think 3.7 lbs and 14″ screen is a bit too much to carry around. I really like the Asus C201 at just under 2 lbs. I was tempted to get it. But I’m still getting by with my 3 lb Acer C720. I find an 11.6 inch screen fine for when I’m traveling. At home I use my 24 inch monitor. I’m waiting for a 2lb Asus C201 with an IPS screen and that ridiculous battery life before I upgrade from my C720.
There’s a good reason you’re only seeing a BayTrail Chromebook now 2 years after release: Intel was very slow to mainline the BayTrail SoC patches. They had the CPU and HDMI video support going early enough but HDMI audio, wifi and emmc were very slow to mainline. In 3.19 (q1 2015) you had most of the basic features and in 4.1(q3 2015) you had some reclocking done.
Additionally, even in the latest 4.3 kernel (scheduled q4 2015) there’s a special kernel build flag
(CONFIG_PINCTRL_BAYTRAIL) you need to set in order to use the internal
Even with all of that said,one of the more popular wifi chips used on baytrail devices (rtl8723bs) requires out of kernel patches besides not being mainlined so you’d also need to compile it.
Even in 4.3 there’s patches being mainlined like accelerometer support on tablets. And that’s disregarding the stability regression people been having from 3.16 onwards…
And just to put things into perspective, Android 6 ASOP is using kernel 3.18, Debian is running 3.16 in stable, 4.1 in testing and 4.2 in unstable (compiled without the patch) and 4.3 is release candidate so maybe Arch and Gentoo has that right now in the repositories…
Very informative. Thank you.
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