Google has unveiled the HP Chromebook 11, claiming that the device's reinforced magnesium frame makes it the most rugged Chrome laptop device to date.
Google vice president of product management Caesar Sengupta unveiled the HP Chromebook 11 in a public blog post, listing its lightweight and robust build quality as key selling points.
"So the new Chromebook is really thin with no extra fluff. It weighs in at just over two pounds – one of the lightest laptops on the market. There are also no sharp edges so nothing digs into your wrists while you type."
"We wanted the Chromebook to hold up well against everyday bumps and bruises. So it has a magnesium frame that makes it incredibly sturdy. You can hold it from a single corner without it bending or flexing." A Google spokesman at the Chromebook 11 UK launch event in London mirrored Sengupta's sentiment, describing it as "the Wolverine of Chromebooks" thanks to its tough build.
As well as its lightweight 297x192x17.6mm and 1.04kg measurements, the spokesman highlighted the Chromebook's 11.6in in-plane switching (IPS) display as another key selling point, listing it as having an impressive 300-nit brightness and 176-degree viewing angle.
Another interesting addition is the use of micro USB charging. The addition will likely prove a key selling point for business buyers looking for a travel-friendly laptop, removing the need for them to pack an extra bespoke charger. Google lists the Chromebook 11 as having a six-hour battery life.
The Chromebook 11 will run the latest version of Google's Chrome OS cloud-based operating system. Google claims the OS helps radically improve the speed of devices by offloading a lot of the heavy lifting, traditionally tasked to the device's processor, into the cloud.
It also runs all programs and applications off the cloud, meaning users don't have to download files to the machine to run them. This means the Chromebook 11 should offer better performance than its Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB of RAM imply.
Google claims the OS is also far more secure than those made by its competitors, as it features built-in multiple layer security. The latest version of Chrome OS also features a number of offline applications, including offline Google Docs and Gmail, meaning users can still remain productive when stuck without an active internet connection.
The Chromebook 11 is the latest step in an ongoing push by Google to increase UK use of its Chrome OS. The strategy has seen Google partner with numerous manufacturing partners to create affordable Chromebooks. The Chromebook 11 continues this strategy, costing just £229.
The Chromebook is available in the US now and is confirmed to launch on Amazon, Google Play, HP Shopping, Currys and PC World on 21 October.
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