According to a PDF file discovered on HP’s website, the PC manufacturer is planning on releasing the world’s first 14-inch Chromebook, and the specs don’t look too shabby at all. Since this document was discovered on HP’s own site, I’d say that this is definitely more than a rumor, and very, very likely to be released in the near future.
Here’s what we know so far: this new Chromebook will have a 1.1GHz Intel CeleronProcessor 847, 2GB RAM (upgradable to 4GB), a 16GB SSD, and an HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone. The 14-inch screen features a resolution of 1366 x 768, and the laptop also features WiFi (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, Altec Lansing dual speakers, an island-style keyboard, multi-touch support on the touchpad, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, and a dual headphone/microphone combo jack. The whole thing weighs just under 4 pounds, and the 4-cell 37WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion battery will last 4 hours and 15 minutes.
While it’s certainly not the most powerful Chrome OS machine ever, I don’t really think it disappoints, either. And the fact that yet another PC manufacturer is jumping on the Chrome bandwagon means that Google’s lightweight desktop OS really is starting to become a popular choice among the general public. Competition is also a good thing, so hopefully this means even more innovation from the two already-seasoned Chrome partners, Samsung and Acer.
There’s no word on pricing quite yet, but we’ll definitely keep our eyes open.