HP this week introduced its new family of Chromebooks designed for students and teachers. The laptops use low-power SoCs from AMD and Intel to ensure a long battery life, they are rugged enough to survive classes and their feature set is tailored for the specifics of educational environments.

HP’s new family of Education Edition Chromebooks includes four machines: the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE based on Intel’s dual-core or quad-core Celeron N4000-series ‘Gemini Lake’ SoCs; the HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE featuring AMD’s A4-9120C and A6-9220C SoCs with Excavator x86 cores and a GCN 3-based GPU; the convertible HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE powered by Gemini Lake; and the HP Chromebook 14 G6 also with Gemini Lake inside.

As their names suggest, the notebooks feature a 11.6-inch and 14-inch display with or without touch and/or stylus support. Most of the models will have a 1366×768 resolution, but there will be 14-inch SKUs with a 1920×1080 resolution.

All the 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks machines from HP are built to withstand drops on wood and concrete, they feature a spill-resistant keyboard, and support modern connectivity, such as Wi-Fi 5, USB Type-C, and microSD. In order to ensure that all modern programs for education can run fast enough even when used simultaneously, the systems come equipped with 8 GB of RAM, but their local storage is limited to an eMMC 5.1 drive with capacities ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB. Meanwhile, like all Chromebooks, these are feature Google’s H1 security chip.

HP’s 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks are equipped with a 47.36 Wh battery that provides from 10 to 13.5 hours of battery life, according to the manufacturer. As for portability, the laptops feature a 1.83 cm – 2.09 cm z-height and weight from 1.32 kilograms to 1.54 kilograms. Considering the fact that these Chromebooks will be used primarily in classes and are not supposed to be carried around for a long time, they seem compact and light enough.

HP's 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks
  Chromebook
11 G8
Chromebook x360 11 G3 Chromebook
11A G8
Chromebook
14 G6
Display Diagonal 11.6-inch 14-inch
Resolution 1366×768 1366×768
1920×1080
Type/
Brightness/
Touch
SVA/220cd/m²
IPS/220cd/m²
IPS/220cd/m²/T
IPS/220cd/m²/T
Gorilla Glass 3
with or without digitizer
SVA/220cd/m²
IPS/220cd/m²
IPS/220cd/m²/T
SVA/220cd/m²
IPS/250cd/m²
SVA/220cd/m²/T
IPS/250cd/m²/T
CPU Intel Celeron N4120 - 4C
Intel Celeron N4100 - 4C
Intel Celeron N4020 - 2C
Intel Celeron N4000 - 2C
AMD A6-9220C
AMD A4-9120C
2 cores
Celeron N4120
Celeron N4100
Celeron N4020
Celeron N4000
Security Chip Google H1
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600 AMD Radeon R5
AMD Radeon R4
UHD 600
RAM 8 GB LPPDR4-2400 8 GB DDR4-1866 8 GB LPPDR4-2400
Storage Capacity 16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
32 GB
64 GB
16 GB
32 GB
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
Type eMMC 5.0
Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 (Wi-Fi 5) Qualcomm
Wi-Fi 5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5.0
WWAN -
GbE -
Display Output - HDMI
USB Type-A 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 2 × USB 2.0 2×USB 3.1 Gen 1
Type-C 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 1×USB 3.1 Gen 1
Camera Webcam 720p 720P w/shutter
Main - 5 MP - -
Other I/O microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones
Battery 47.36 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 1.88 cm | 0.74 in 2.09 cm | 0.82 in 1.88 cm | 0.74 in 1.83 cm | 0.72 in
Width 29.5 cm | 11.61 in 32.65 cm | 12.85"
Depth 20.53 cm | 8.08 in 22.7 cm | 8.93 in
Weight 1.32 kg | 2.91 lbs 1.45 kg | 3.19 lbs 1.37 kg | 3.02 lbs 1.54 kg | 3.38 lbs
Battery Life ? ? 10 hours 13.5 hours
Price (starting at) ? ? ? ?

HP will start shipping its 2020 Intel-based EE Chromebooks this month, whereas AMD-powered models will be available in February. Prices will vary depending on the configuration.

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Source: HP

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  • Lakados - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    I would be intereseted in these but my experience with HP so far on parts replacements and availability has been less than stellar. Ruggid is great but kids destroy the keyboards on these things and often the screens too. At least 3x a semester somebody will forget a pen at the top of the keyboard and close the screen cracking it, and there is always one little brat who thinks it will be funny to re arrange the keyboard and they break it in the process. I am looking at 6 of them just to my left that have been busted this way this year. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    Ouch! Educational system IT department? You're a brave soul and I salute you for doing what you do. Reply
  • ablevemona - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    I've also been unimpressed by the design of a few generations of HP Chromebooks now in terms of durability and repairability. With ridiculous degrees of part replacement required for relatively small areas of damage. I wouldn't really say they are fit for purpose. Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    Article says eMMC 5.1, table says eMMC 5.0. One of those should be corrected. Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    One thing that I have not figure out, why are not Chromebooks using Qualcomm instead of Windows. It just seams a better fit and only thing I can think of it deficiency in OS. For me personally, I would never consider either a Chromebook or Windows for ARM ( Qualcomm ) laptop but I would serious consider a Qualcomm based Chromebook for some light. Reply
  • Lakados - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    ARM based chromebooks exist but they were either horribly under powered or way too expensive. For the price point the cheap Intel Celerons are pretty bang on. These are education targeted devices so I would expect them to be coming in under $350 USD each for the base config. Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    1366×768 resolution needs to just die already (as do all of the 16:9 resolutions). Especially in a <15" screen size. 16:10 or 3:2 or even 4:3. The lack of vertical space in these small devices is a pain!

    1920x1080 really should be the minimum resolution, regardless of screen size. 1920x1200 would be better.
    Reply
  • Inteli - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    It's not a great resolution, but it's an extremely cheap resolution, which is perfect for these cost-engineered laptops. Besides, I doubt the kids using them will care. Reply
  • Lakados - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    They don’t care, schools are limited on bandwidth, have 200+ students streaming YouTube at 1080p+ and my phone would be ringing constantly that the internet is down or slow. At the lower resolutions doing up word documents research websites or anything else just works. Not to mention these things need a bare minimum of an 8h battery life and the lower resolutions help that a lot. These things are designed to come in under $350 USD and there are a lot of corners you have to cut to offer a stable product and still hit that price point. These are about on par spec wise as the Dell and Asus chromebooks that we order in bulk. Reply
  • Retycint - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    I'd wager the 768p screen is more for product differentiation (i.e. avoid cannibalizing their mid end products). We've had 1080p for years now, and the cost differential between 1080p and 768p is probably dollars at most. But if they started putting actually good screens into low end laptops then nobody would buy their mid end laptops Reply

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