HP has finally broken their Chromebook silence with the release of a new educational model. The ruggedized, convertible HP x360 11 G1 was revealed as an aside in a Google Blog post about Chromebooks in Swedish schools.
HP has yet to put out any official release information on the device and as of now details are very scant. From Google’s Blog:
Today we’re excited to announce HP is bringing its addition to the family with the HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition, available in mid-April. HP’s rugged 360 degree convertible Chromebook will feature USB-C™ charging and optional stylus and world-facing camera capabilities designed for the specific needs of schools.
Acer and ASUS both recently unveiled similar devices via the Google Blog sporting the latest Apollo Lake chipset from Intel. It’s unclear if the new HP will be Braswell-based or compete side-by-side with these two Chromebooks. The “optional” stylus and world-facing camera may be a selling point for schools needing to keep cost down when budgeting for the classroom.
We’ll be looking out for this device and as soon as we can get our hands on one, you can bet we will. All these new Chromebooks are exciting to see and even more fun to test. When full specs are available for the HP x360 are available we will get them shared posthaste.