Google's Chromebooks feature the bare minimum when it comes to specs, but score big on price, functionality and portability. The latest addition to the Google Chromebook lineup — the HP Chromebook 11 G5 — includes some high-end features that's certain to increase its appeal.
The 11.6-inch laptop offers up to 12.5 hours of battery life, and is an affordable device priced at $189 (Rs. 13,000 approx). HP believes that these features will help improve the usefulness of the Chromebook 11 G5.
The HP Chromebook 11 G5 comes with high-end features such as an optional touch screen and a full-HD display. The laptop, powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, is aimed at students who can experience the benefits of a regular laptop at a wallet-friendly price.
HP isn't the only one making Chromebooks that run Google's Chrome OS. Here are some of the devices the HP Chromebook 11 G5 will have to compete with:
Acer Chromebook 11
With an 11.6-inch screen, the Acer Chromebook 11 is the HP Chromebook 11 G5's biggest competitor. Sure, there's no touch screen option with the Acer Chromebook 11, but it also happens to be the most powerful 11" Chromebook in the market, according to the company. However, it only comes with nine hours of battery life. The Acer Chromebook 11 can be picked up with up to 4GB RAM and an HD screen.
Asus Chromebook C201
What weighs under a kilo and is smaller than a sheet of A4 paper? It's the Asus Chromebook C201. Another 11.6-inch device, the Asus Chromebook C201's trump card has to be its battery life. This Chromebook is rated to last up to 13 hours. It only features a 16 GB eMMC drive for storage, which is a tiny letdown, but more than makes up for the lack of storage with an SD card reader and two USB ports.
Toshiba Chromebook 2
The first 13-inch Chromebook in this list, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a little costlier than the HP Chromebook 11 G5, but the price is fairly justified. The Chromebook features 13.3-inch full-HD display, an Intel Celeron 3215U processor and 4GB of RAM, making it rather powerful. Much like the Acer Chromebook 11, which boasts of high-power computing at the cost of a lower battery life, the Toshiba Chromebook 2's battery can be expected to last only up to eight hours.
Arguably the cheapest Chromebook on this list, the Xolo Chromebook is powered by Cortex a17 1.88GHz Rockchip RK3288 Quad-Core Processor. While Xolo claims that the 10 seconds the Xolo Chromebook needs to boot is "super-fast," it's still below the five seconds that UberGizmo said Chromebooks are taking to boot. The Xolo Chromebook features a 4200 mAh battery that lasts up to 10 hours.
Nexian Air Chromebook
While the Nexian Air Chromebook and the Xolo Chromebook share the same Cortex a17 1.88GHz Rockchip RK3288 Quad-Core Processor, similar 4200 mAh batteries, eight-hour batteries and an 11.6-inch screen, the differences between them are like night and day, literally, because the Xolo Chromebook comes only in black and the Nexian Air Chromebook comes in white. But jokes aside, the Nexian Air Chromebook also has a very cool feature that no other Chromebook comes with — it's got a neat little handle that allows the user to pick the device up and carry it around like a small briefcase.