HP on Tuesday launched a new Chromebook in India, which it says will help students learn more effectively in the classroom or at home. Its Chromebook x360 14a – the first AMD-powered Chromebook – will cost parents Rs 32,999. It is available for immediate purchase on Amazon India.
As the name suggests, it has a 14-inch HD touchscreen and can be folded up thanks to the familiar convertible modes. It is powered by an AMD 3015CE processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage. There is a microSD card reader with a headphone / microphone combo port, 2x USB Type-C with 5 Gbps “SuperSpeed” signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.2) as well as a single SuperSpeed USB port. Type-A. Plus, you also get a 100GB Google One subscription for one year for free. A 720p HD camera is also there for video calls.
HP promises 12:15 hours of battery life and no fingerprint reader. The notepad weighs 1.49kg and can be purchased in Mineral Silver, Ceramic White, and Forest Teal color options. While Rs 32,999 is a low price for laptops, the Chromebook x360 14a will sit towards the mid-range of the Chromebook market – it features better build and a convertible touchscreen. HP also sells low-end Chromebooks that cost in the price range of Rs 25,999.
Thanks to the pandemic, which forced students to attend schools virtually, Chromebooks have dominated the laptop market. Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS operating system. They cost less than Windows laptops and are much more affordable than Apple MacBooks. A Chromebook is easy to use and is designed to run web programs. Chromebooks can be used by both students and teachers.
Although demand for Chromebooks is stable, but distance learning is declining, PC vendors will be under pressure to further increase sales of laptops running ChromeOS. Demand for Chromebooks has fallen more than 50% in one month since July, according to market research firm Trendforce. That being said, Trendforce still expects a total of 36 million devices to ship in 2021.
The announcement of the new Chromebook x360 14a comes at a time when Microsoft has just released the Windows 11 operating system, while Apple recently started selling its entry-level 9-inch iPad.