Chromebooks will gain the access to Android apps later this year, opening a whole new world of software to the web-centric platform. To get ready for that upgrade, HP has built the 11.6-inch Chromebook 11 G5. This all-new Chrome OS laptop is extremely affordable, it starting at less than $200, a lightweight laptop, which will start at $189 and it offer an optional touchscreen when it launches in October.
The real news, however, is that this low-cost machine can be equipped with an optional touchscreen, that HP is offering as a way to future-proof for eventual Android app usage. This base model of the Chromebook 11 G5 has a 11.6-inch screen with a sub-HD display (there will be an option for an HD IPS touchscreen panel with the Gorilla Glass), weighs 2.51 pounds, and comes with a 1.6gHz Intel Celeron N3060 — a somewhat common processor for low- to the mid-range Chromebooks. HP claims it will be powerful enough to handle playback and video calls, and that it ‘speeds through spreadsheets,’ which is the most amazingly modest goal I can imagine for a Chromebook. Of course this limited performance, coupled with Chrome OS’s limited feature set, gives the Chromebook 11 G5 up to 11 hours of battery life, according to HP.
As for the specs of the laptop, you’ll find an HP TrueVision HD webcam at 720p resolution, either 2 gigabyte or 4 gigabyte of RAM, and storage options at either 16 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte. You can choose between a 11.6-inch HD IPS 1366 x 768 Gorilla Glass touch screen or an 11.6-inch HD Anti-glare 1366 x 768 standard display. This touchscreen model weighs in at 2.51 lbs and lasts about 11 hours on a single charge, while non-touch model weighs 2.61 lbs and lasts up to the full 12 hours and 30 minutes. Both models have two USB 3.1 ports, and a headphone jack.