HP Chromebook 15 is official now and it is the company’s first Chrome OS laptop in 15-inch display segment. It has a sober but elegant and refined look, as well as an enviable price/specification ratio. It has an IPS touchscreen panel with 1080p resolution, a full keyboard with numeric keypad, powered by the Pentium Gold 4417U processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (eMMC), priced at $449.
There are more powerful configurations, with Core i5 and 128GB of storage, but prices will be high and it is still unknown how much RAM there is on board. We report for completeness also another small incongruity: the official site in the summary of the specific saliently mentions only Intel Core processors, but the press release says that the Pentium is the base, with Core i5 option.
As we said, the quality of the chassis is definitely higher than the cheapest devices: it is very close to the Chromebook x360 convertible that we saw back in October 2018. The prevailing material is metal, the thickness is contained in just 7.9 mm, and the weight around 1.8 kg. Despite the full layout keyboard and the large display, the overall dimensions are compact thanks to very thin edges. There is still room for the front webcam – HD with an 88-degree field of view – and two B&O speakers positioned above the keyboard. Among the ports, we find 2 USB Type-C, a USB Type-A, Kensington Nano security slot, and microSD slot. Network connectivity is represented by Wi-Fi ac, in addition to Bluetooth 4.2.
HP Chromebook 15 has a 3-cell 60 Wh battery and promises up to 13 hours of battery life. The lid is in ceramic white color, while the chassis will be available in Mineral Silver or Cloud Blue. Sales should have already started in the US but stated as “Coming soon” on the official site.