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HP's new Chromebook 13 is a Pixel for everybody

Engadget Engadget 28/04/2016 Timothy J. Seppala
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Yep, Hewlett Packard is making another Chromebook. This one, dubbed the HP Chromebook 13, is the result of a design partnership with Google and looks relatively premium. It features an anodized aluminum chassis, 13.3-inch QHD+ display running at 3,200 x 1800 resolution and a thickness of 12.9 mm. Beyond that, the new Chromebook comes with Bang and Olufsen-tuned speakers and weighs just under three pounds (2.86, to be exact) -- depending on how you configure it.

HP says this is the first Chromebook to use a 6th-generation Intel Core M processor (as seen in Apple's recently refreshed MacBook) and it's available with up to 16GB of RAM. There's also a USB-C docking setup for it that'll let you hook the Chromebook 13 into multiple displays (ChromeOS supports three simultaneous displays), as well as full-size keyboards and other accessories. HP claims 11.5 hours on a charge of the 45 watt-hour battery and USB-C plays a role here as well, offering an option for fast charging.

The spec sheet suggests why Google might have been involved in the design process: this looks like a pared down version of the company's Pixel, the ultra-high end Chromebook that many love, but few can afford. This high-end (for a Chromebook, at least) machine is clearly targeted at professionals, and will be available this month starting at $499. That's a lot cheaper than the Pixel, even if, especially at entry level, it's quite a bit less powerful. If you'd rather not drop the cash all at once, it'll also be eligible for HP's payment plan. We'll have more on this interesting sounding machine very soon, so stay tuned.

Aaron Souppouris contributed to this article.

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