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HP’s latest affordable Chromebook brings Android apps to the party

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Google Chromebooks are as attractive an option as they’ve ever been. Build quality and battery life are improving, prices continue to come down and, just last month at Google I/O, the company announced Chrome OS would enable Android apps from the Play Store.

HP is one of the first manufacturers seeking to capitalise on the new functionality with a new Chromebook model that comes with a cracking price tag of $189 (that's cheap even with the fall of the pound at £143).

The HP Chromebook 11 G5 is described as a “bare bones” model, but it still comes a whopping 12.5 hours of battery life.

It also offers a slimmer design, thinner bezels and lighter dimensions (2.51lbs) than previous generations of HP Chromebooks.

There’s an 11.6-inch IPS display with the option to upgrade to a Gorilla Glass-protected touchscreen, although that will knock the battery life down to 11 hours. The power comes from an Intel Celeron N3060 processor.

Read more: Toshiba Chromebook 2 review

The HP Chromebook 11 G5 arrives for retail partners in July and will go on sale in October.

Have you thought about jumping over to a Chromebook and ditching your Mac or Windows laptop? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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