HP has confirmed that its first Chromebook device, the Pavilion 14, is now available in the UK for £249. It will be available online from HP or in selected PC World and Currys outlets.
The firm first unveiled the device in February, boasting of a display that it claims is 35 percent bigger than other Chromebooks available on the market at similar price points.
Other specifications include an 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor and built-in storage of 16GB, as well as the standard slew of ports such as HDMI, three USB connections and an Ethernet jack. The device weighs 1.8kg and also comes with 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
“Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Louis Perrin, director of consumer products, with HP in Europe.
“With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand.”
The launch of the device underlines the growing push by HP to expand its hardware offerings beyond Microsoft’s Windows platform, for years its only major partner. Now, not only is the firm supporting Chrome, but it also has its first Android tablets, the Slate 7, set for release on the UK market on 1 May, costing £129, as it seeks to meet demand in both business and consumer markets.
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