By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 04, 2013 01:51 PM EST
HP has announced the availability of its latest Pavilion laptop that is also its first Chromebook: the HP Pavilion 14.
While the HP Pavilion 14 draws attention with its screen, as it is much larger than Chromebook models from Samsung, Acer, and reportedly Lenovo, it has little else to set it apart otherwise.
HP's new offering runs on Google's Chrome operating system (OS), packs a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM, and sports a 14-inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 resolution. According to David Conrad, director for product management at HP's consumer products group, the Pavilion 14 offers just over four hours of battery life.
The new HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is expected to ship on Monday, Feb. 4, with a $329.99 starting price. The company is yet to provide any additional information on worldwide availability.
The Pavilion 14 aims to expand HP's product offering and offer an alternative to traditional Windows machines. The Chromebook targets users who do most of their work on the Web, explained Conrad.
"The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks," reads the product description. "The OS and built-in security stay up to date automatically. And since it's the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility."
HP's Chromebook only has 16GB of solid-state drive storage, but it will offer 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two-years. In terms of design, the Pavilion Chromebook looks roughly the same as HP's other PC offerings that mostly run on Windows and pack standard-capacity hard drives.
The new HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook will go up against Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, which comes with a $249 price tag, and Acer's C7 Chromebook, which starts at $199. Both Lenovo's and Acer's offerings run on Intel processors, but HP's Chromebook will also compete with Samsung's Chromebooks, which start at $249 and run on ARM Cortex-A15.
The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is currently on sale only in the U.S., and is available for purchase via HP's own retail Web site.