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

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.

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

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