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CES 2018: HP Debuts Chromebook 11 G6 EE, Chromebook 14 G5 and Chromebox G2 Desktop

By Radu Iorga

HP brought some goodies at CES 2018, including fresh Chromebooks. Those include the HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE, the Chromebook 14 G5 and there’s also a new and curious device, the Chromebox G2. The latter is a sort of mini desktop, which is detailed below.

We’re dealing here with a 11 inch and 14 inch Chromebook, meant for schools and a Chromebox G2 which is the successor to the 2014 HP Chromebox. Let’s take them one at a time.

HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE

HP Chromebook 11 G6 EE is an 11 inch laptop meant for students and it relies on industrial co-molded rubber, with reinforced corners. HP promises that the device can handle bumps and drops from up to 0.7 meters on concrete even. The keyboard is resilient to spills and specs include an Intel Celeron N3450 or N3350 chipset, up to 8 GB of RAM and an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixel display.

 

There’s also an optional touchscreen version. Storage goes from 16 GB to 64 GB and on the connectivity front there are two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a microSD and headphone/mic combo. A 720 cam is also here, everything crammed in an 18 mm thick machine.

HP Chromebook 14 G5

Next up is HP Chromebook 14 G5, which, as the name says is a 14 inch Chromebook, with a matter black design, that replaces the predecessor’s silver and black approach. Its keyboard is also spill resistant and we’ve got a wide angle camera on board, plus an Intel Celeron N3450 or N3350 CPU, up to 8 GB of RA and 16 or 64 GB of storage. There’s microSD, USB Type-C (two of them) and two USB 3.0 ports too.

A 720p webcam and a 14 inch screen round up the list, together with the option of picking a Full HD or 768p resolution. No pricing yet for these models, but they come in February.

HP Chromebox G2

The new Chromebox is actually more interesting, the sequel to the 2014 model. It’s called HP Chromebox G2 and it feels very much like a TV box. It’s in fact a mini PC with Chrome OS and your choice of Core i5, Core i7 or Celeron 3865U CPU, plus up to 16 GB of RAM. There’s 32 or 64 GB of storage (m.2.SSD), plus USB Type-C ports (one of them), 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ones.

We’ve got microSD, HDMI, Ethernet and all of those are found within a 4 cm thick machine. The high end version of the product is actually quite powerful and it should sell for an unknown price in April.

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Samsung Nautilus Chromebook Will Sport Sony IMX258 Camera Sensor

By Radu Iorga

Fresh details about the future Samsung Chromebook have come up online and the device known under the codename “Nautilus” appears to be ready to come with a pretty good camera. It’s supposed to have a Sony IMX258 sensor on board.

Samsung is well versed in Chromebooks, having made the Chromebook Pro and Plus so far. This time they’re ready to offer us a stylus-based model with a special silo for it and the Sony IMX258 camera. This is no neglectable sensor, as it’s the camera found on the LG G6 and Essential PH-1, which while not exactly heavy hitters in DxOMark, they’re still pretty good for a tablet/laptop camera.

Of course, using such a big device as a camera isn’t exactly ideal, but the detachable aspect of it at least makes it comfy. Another interesting fact is that usually Sony IMX258 is used in dual camera combos, so the Nautilus may adopt such an approach. Nautilus isn’t exactly fresh meat, since it’s been leaking since the fall, with an Intel Kaby Lake CPU inside and a detachable format.

We’re not even sure it’s ready for a CES 2018 debut next week, but we’ll probably see it at MWC 2018 tops. Samsung probably also has some Snapdragon-based Chromebooks in the work.

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Samsung’s Future Detachable Chromebook Could Come With Stylus, Silo

By Radu Iorga

We already knew that Samsung was preparing a new Chromebook, but details were quite scarce. What’s sure is that it was going to be a 2 in 1 machine and today we learn that it’s about to come with a silo and stylus. More info below.

Samsung’s next gen Chromebook is going to be both tablet and laptop, with a detachable keyboard. The info comes from the Chromium repository, judging by the latest entries, that hint at the presence of a stylus. Last month we saw references to a device codenamed “Nautilus”, popping up in the Repository. The hints suggest a “tablet mode” and a “base” piece, which it can hook up to.

The device is obviously a touchscreen-based one, with Chrome OS and Play Store support, plus Google Assistant, probably. The stylus is also mentioned in the code through the “PEN_EJECT” feature. A storage area for it will be included on the device, something like a silo. Samsung already had a pen on the Chromebook Plus and Pro models and Google also offered one on the PixelBook.

That one ran on batteries, but Samsung’s probably won’t. CES 2018 could bring us this new Chromebook, perhaps even with one of those rumored Snapdragon 845 CPUs.

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Chromebooks May Use Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs From 2018; Here’s Proof

By Radu Iorga

It appears that the war between portables is on and Intel’s not invited anymore. After Microsoft and Qualcomm debuted the Windows on ARM platform and associated laptops, now Google and partners may be ready to put Snapdragon CPUs on Chromebooks. Proof has already popped up.

2018 is the year when the first Windows laptops with Snapdragon CPUs will be available and now XDA Developers reports that recent code commits from Chrome OS point in the same direction. We’re talking about a newer CPU, the Snapdragon 845, which was mentioned in the code. Of course, Chrome OS code commits don’t mean much, since they can also be associated with test machines or prototypes.

At least this shows that at some point one such device was in the making. PC makers have already been using ARM-based CPUs on Chromebooks, so this isn’t much of a surprise. Rockchip and MediaTek chips come to mind, plus Samsung ones, but Qualcomm is a whole different ball game. Their chips are more expensive and more powerful, plus they offer crazy good battery life.

Snapdragon 845 actually debuted recently and it should take months for it to ship. If it makes to laptops indeed, expect the smartphone production to be hampered a bit. After all, the likes of LG, Samsung and Xiaomi are all waiting for it.

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New Google Chromebooks Come Bundled With Free Netflix For 6 Months

By Radu Iorga

Since it’s winter basically, people will be crawling up under their sheets and binge watching Netflix. That’s why more and more offers related to the streaming service are popping up. Now there’s one related to Chromebooks, so buyers of Google Chromebooks will get to binge watch Netflix for free for 6 months.

Those buying a Google Pixelbook or Samsung Chromebook Plus or Pro, get free Netflix for 6 months. These are actually good devices to watch shows on, thanks to the more generous diagonal compared to a tablet and the lighter format compared to a full fledged Windows 10 laptop. The offers is available till December 31st 2017 and it offers the mid tier Netflix offer, the one usually priced at $10.99 per month.

It lets you stream Netflix on two screens at a time, plus offers HD video and access to downloads on devices, so you can save episodes or movies for offline watching. The usual TOS is available and the offer is obviously not redeemable by cash. Even if Netflix increases the price, you get the equivalent value of the new price plan. Basically, you get a $65.94 bonus.

Chromebooks have evolved a lot over the past year, getting Android app support, Google Assistant and Microsoft Office apps. The offer is available here.

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