HP Updates Rugged Chromebooks with More Powerful CPUs

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Chromebooks are booming in the education market, and HP is riding the wave with two new rugged machines designed for students: the Chromebook x360 11 G2 and the Chromebook 11 G7 Education Edition. 

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The Chromebook x360 11 G2 and Chromebook 11 G7 EE will be available online in April. Pricing has not yet been announced. 

HP Rugged Chromebooks: Specs and Price 

  HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 HP Chromebook 11 G7 EE
Starting Price TBD TBD
Display

11.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixels, touch 

11.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixels, touch or non-touch

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000 or Celeron N4100

RAM Up to 8GB
Graphics

UHD Graphics 600

Storage 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Ports

2 USB-C, USB 3.1 (Type-A), microSD, headphone

Size 12 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches 12 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
Weight 3.2 pounds 2.93 pounds

The x360 11 G2 is the successor to the x360 11 G1, which I praised last year for its long battery life, strong audio and tough build quality. Fortunately, the new model retains last year's MIL-STD 810G-rated chassis, which includes a spill-resistant keyboard and shock-absorbing rubber bumpers. The x360 11 G2 was tested to survive a 30-inch drop, so teachers don't have to worry about children mishandling this 2-in-1. 

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HP made some nice updates to the 3.2-pound convertible. Students can now draw on the x360 11 G2's 11.6-inch, 1366 x 766-resolution touchscreen display with an optional Wacom Pen, and a second 5-megapixel rear-facing camera lets kids practice their photography. The upcoming model also gets a performance boost courtesy of quad-core Celeron 4100 or dual-core Celeron 4000 CPUs. The x360 11 G2 still maxes out at 8GB of RAM but now storage capacity goes up to 64GB.

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HP rates the Chromebook x360 11 G2's battery life at 11.5 hours, which would be an excellent runtime for any laptop with a touch screen display.

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The Chromebook 11 G7 EE is practically identical to the x360 11 G2 --- it has the same durable chassis, processor options and RAM amount ---  except that the 11-inch display on this model only rotates 180-degrees to fold flat. Unlike its hybrid twin, this clamshell laptop comes with three display options: an HD IPS touch screen panel, a matte non-touch display and an HD SVA option. The 11 G7 EE is estimated to last 13 hours on a charge when configured with a non-touch display.

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Another minor difference compared to the 2-in-1 Chromebook is that the base model of the 11 G7 EE comes with only 16GB of storage, compared to the convertible laptop's 32GB. Both laptops house dual USB-C ports, a future-proof feature we don't often see on laptops targeted at students.

We'll provide a full review of the HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 and 11 G7 EE later this year, so stay tuned.