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HP Unveils MacBook Air-Like Chromebook

HP Unveils MacBook Air-Like Chromebook
HP and Google have teamed up to build a new, all-metal, premium Chromebook: the HP Chromebook 13.

(CCM) — Unveiled at Google's Chelsea offices in New York City on Thursday, the new Chromebook appears to have taken some design cues from Apple's MacBook Air. Google is said to have collaborated on the laptop's design, which explains the device's high-end specs. For some time, Google has been looking for higher-end devices to show off Chrome OS's full capabilities, and this may be the laptop to do just that. The Chromebook 13 features an all-metal design, a high-resolution display (3200 x 1800), 16GB of memory, 6th generation Intel Core M processors, two USB-C ports, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. The laptop boasts a battery life of up to 11.5 hours, thanks to the Core M processor and the laptop's high-capacity 45 watt-hour battery. The Chromebook 13 uses USB-C fast-charging to charge its battery, and can be charged via its included adapter or other USB-C power adapters, or even a phone charger. The Chromebook 13 runs Chrome OS with features like Lucid Sleep and multi-layer security. Lucid Sleep allows the device to silently update documents, emails, and notifications while it is asleep so that everything is ready when users want to start working.

HP is pushing the new laptop as a solution for business users at the same time that it is promoting a new docking station. Alongside the Chromebook 13, HP announced the Elite USB-C Docking Station, which allows users to hook the laptop up to two displays, wired accessories, and get Ethernet connectivity. The Chromebook 13 is more affordable than other high-end Chromebooks, starting at just $499. Customers can purchase the HP Chromebook 13 as a bundle with HP Subscription for $16 per month. This subscription rate also includes a three-year Care Pack service, on-site pickup and return, and accidental damage protection. The HP Chromebook 13 is expected to be available by the end of this month.

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