New HP Chromebook boasts touchscreen for use with Android apps

google chromebook to be compatible with android apps hp 11 g5
This year, Google’s Chrome OS will be outfitted with the ability to run Android apps — and it seems that HP will be among the first companies to take advantage of the new functionality.

The HP Chromebook 11 G5 builds upon HP’s previous attempts at hardware running Chrome OS with a touchscreen, a first for the line. This should give users the best control possible as they use Android software on their laptop, rather than forcing them to use their touchpad to interact with apps.

Currently, the Asus Flip Chromebook is the only Chrome OS device that has access to Android apps. However, this should all change as Google continues to work on making the content compatible with all devices running the operating system.

The Chromebook 11 G5 boasts an 11.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, and an Intel Celeron N3060 Braswell processor. Consumers can opt for 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of local storage.

The system is designed to be highly portable, being less than an inch thick and weighing around 2.61 pounds, according to a report from Liliputing. There’s also a variant that drops the touchscreen, cutting that weight down to 2.51 pounds and improving its battery life from 11 hours up to 12.5 hours.

The laptop also features support for Bluetooth 4.2, a pair of USB 3.1 ports, a lone HDMI 1.4 port, a microSDXC card reader, and a headphone jack.

Aside from the convenience of having Android apps available on your laptop, the biggest selling point of HP’s Chromebook 11 G5 is its price points. With a base price of just $189, this system is very cost-effective — although it’s worth noting that the touchscreen is an optional extra.

The Chromebook 11 G5 will be available from July via select HP partners. The laptop will be made available at retail this October.

Computing

You’ll soon be able to scribble all over PDFs on your Chromebook

Chrome OS users may soon be able to doodle all over their PDF documents with the possible addition of a new feature in Chrome OS' PDF viewer. The annotation feature is expected to allow users to hand draw or write over their documents.
Computing

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Computing

You could spend $1,000 on an iPhone, or buy one of these awesome laptops instead

Finding a decent laptop is easy, but finding one under $1,000 is a bit tricky. Luckily, we've taken some of the guesswork out of picking out a budget laptop. Here are some of our favorites, the best laptops under $1,000.
Computing

New rumors say the Pixelbook 2 could show up at CES 2019

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Computing

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Computing

Canada’s winters inspired a startup to warm homes with cryptomining heat waste

Cryptomining may be the key to untold riches and the future of currency, but it’s also an environmental nightmare. Heatmine, thinks it has the answer, but it could mean bolting a mining rig onto every home and business in the country.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Computing

Microsoft’s Windows 95 throwback was just an ugly sweater giveaway

Microsoft's "softwear" announcement wasn't what we had hoped for. Thursday's announcement was not the new line of wearable tech or SkiFree monster sweater we wished for. But it did deliver the 90s nostalgia we wanted.
Home Theater

Confused about LED vs. LCD TVs? Here's everything you need to know

Our LED vs. LCD TV buying guide explains why these two common types of displays are fundamentally connected, how they differ, what to look for in buying an LED TV, and what's on the horizon for TVs.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for December 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Computing

How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

If you have new AirPods, you may be looking forward to pairing them with your MacBook. Our guide will show you exactly how to connect AirPods to MacBook, what to do if they are already paired with a device, and more.
Computing

Hitting ‘Check for updates’ in Windows 10 opts you into beta releases

Users who are careful about keeping their system updated should watch out -- Microsoft revealed this week that clicking the Check for updates button in Windows can opt you in to testing beta code.
Product Review

The Asus ZenBook 14 is a tiny notebook that gets lost in the crowd

The ZenBook 14 aims to be the smallest 14-inch notebook around, and it succeeds thanks to some tiny bezels. Performance and battery life are good, but the notebook lacks a standout feature other than size.