The new, entry-level Pavilion Chromebook will feature a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 BrightView display, a veritable behemoth when compared to its 11- and 12-inch brethren. Under the hood comes a pretty standard 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB solid-state drive, three USB ports, and a HDMI port – all in a package that’s less than an inch thin and weighs just under 4 pounds. The device touts an inexplicable four hours of battery life, though, which is truly anemic when you consider how lightweight Chrome OS is. And with specs that you’d be hard-pressed to construe as superpowered, HP must be betting hard that the screen will set this notebook apart from the competition.
Perhaps more significant, HP is now joining major PC manufacturers Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo in expressing an interest in the nascent platform. The listing itself comes only weeks after Lenovo announced its own offering in the education-focused ThinkPad X131e. Google has managed to successfully court such big names even as Chrome OS remains unproven with critics and consumers.
We find it very interesting that some of the biggest PC makers are jumping on board with Chrome, even though it hasn’t established itself as a major alternative to Windows or OS X. Our recent reviews of the Samsung Chromebook and Chromebox stated as much. While Chrome OS shows immense promise, the platform is still very limited. But, with the PC dying a slow death, manufacturers must keep their options open as tablets and even smartphones cannibalize their sales.
Microsoft and even Linux distributors like Ubuntu are officially on alert. If this move is an indicator of anything, Google is officially coming for them.