10 January 2019
HP and Acer have unveiled their newest Chromebook offerings which makes them the first one to release an AMD-powered Chromebook in the market. Prior to this, all the Chromebooks have featured either Intel or ARM processors. Both the companies announced these first of their kind Chromebooks at the ongoing CES 2019 event in Las Vegas.
Starting with the HP Chromebook 14, it looks like any other 14-inch Chromebook when it comes to appearance. It has been released in two display variants: 1366 x 768 pixels anti-glare display and 1920 x 1080 pixels touchscreen display. Under the hood, it has the dual-core AMD A4-9120 processor with AMD Radeon R4 or R5 integrated graphics. There is 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32GB of eMMC onboard storage. It has two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, one microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also features B&O dual speakers.
On the software front, it will be running Chrome OS. There are Charcoal Grey, Snow White, and Ink Blue color variants to choose from. It is claimed to last for a little over 9 hours on a single charge under mixed usage. It has been priced at $269 with sales expected to start towards the end of January.
The Acer Chromebook 315 brings a bigger 15.6-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixels) to the table for those who want a larger viewing space. There is also a variant with a touchscreen display. It is powered by dual-core AMD A6-9220C or AMD A4-9120 processor depending on which model you get. It supports up to 8GB of RAM with the option to choose from 32GB or 64GB onboard storage. It has similar connectivity ports as the Chromebook 14.
Acer has priced its latest Chromebook 315 at $279.99 with sales starting February 2019.