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HP to launch two new HP x 360 budget Chromebooks

by Dan Millward
HP to launch two new HP x 360 Chromebooks

As I expected, 2019 has been a pretty busy year for the Chromebook. We’ve seen so many new models being launched, which is great to see. HP has just announced they will be releasing two new HP x 360 Chromebooks and both come with stylus support.

If you’ve been following Chromebooks recently you will definitely know about the HP x 360 Chromebook. It’s a great Chromebook with a decent specification. You would have expected any other devices to be released under the same model name to be similar.

Well, this is not the case. The two new HP x 360 Chromebooks to be released in the next couple of months offer something different. So let’s take a look at what we know so far about these two new models.

THEY ARE AIMED AT THE BUDGET MARKET

HP will be releasing two new Chromebook models under the x 360 model name. The first thing you’ll notice is that they look a lot sexier than the original x360. There is a 12-inch model named the x360 12b and a 14-inch model, the x360 14b.

They may look sexier than the original X 360 but do not let that deceive you. Both models are budget Chromebooks, so you’ll not be getting the same performance as the original. The original X 360 comes with an 8th generation Intel i3 processor. Whereas the newer models both come with an Intel Celeron processor.

So it’s fair to say that HP is aiming these two new devices between higher-spec devices and the current budget devices that are on offer. Personally, I think this is a rather strange choice because most people prefer to spend a little more for good performance. That being said, the budget Chromebook sector has seen fierce competition recently, so perhaps HP wants to ensure it does not lose any market share.

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THE SPECS

Both devices are Hybrid, so you can use them in either laptop or tablet mode. This has become the new standard from Chromebooks recently, so no big surprises there.

The processor used to power both devices will be the Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor. It’s a budget processor but is capable of speeds up to 2.60 GHz with a base speed of 1.10 GHz and 4MB cache. Find out more about processors for the Chromebook.

When launched both devices will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The memory should be fine for a Chromebook with these specifications but the storage is a little low. When you consider you’ll be wanting to install plenty of Android Apps; you’ll most likely run out of storage very quickly. Find out more about how much storage you need for a Chromebook.

THEY SUPPORT THE USE OF A STYLUS

One of the most attractive features is that they come with Stylus support. This is really good to see because Hybrid Chromebooks are perfect for any budding artists out there.

The new HP x360 Chromebooks support the standard USI 1.0 Stylus

When it comes to Stylus support. HP is the first to release a Chromebook that is USI 1.0 device compatible. What this means is that you should be able to use any Stylus that comes with the USI 1.0 standard.

This means you’ll not be limited to using a Stylus that was specifically created for the product. It will give you a lot more flexibility and will allow you to choose the brand of Stylus that suits you. This is really important when you consider the difference one Stylus can make compared to another.

Both models will be released soon with the price expected to start from around £290/$350.

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