Google and HP Launch Premium Chromebook Starting at $499

The gulf of quality between the low end Chromebook devices and the high end Google Pixel is huge.  Most Chromebooks are under $350 but if you want a metal body device with a high end specs, you are going to have to shell out a thousand dollars for a Pixel.  That gulf has been bridged a bit today with the announcement from Google and HP for the new HP Chromebook 13 G1.  This mid-market device starts at $499 and while you can go up to $1000 for the top end, the entry level device is nicely spec’d for the price.

The basic specs of across all configurations are all pretty great.  It comes with a 13.3″ Full HD IPS display, 32GB of storage, an Intel processor and weighs in at just 2.8 lbs and is only .5″ thin.

HP Chromebook 13
HP Chromebook 13

Depending on the configuration you buy, it will either come with 4, 8, or 16GB of RAM.  That display, by-the-way, renders at 3200 x 1800 so you will have a huge amount of real estate.    The battery life is 11.5 hours.

Inside is plenty of power for business grade multi-tasking, with configuration options ranging up to an Intel 6th generation Core m7 processor and 16GB of internal memory. Working through the day won’t be an issue either thanks to a battery that lasts for up to 11.5 hours* between charges. The optional HP Elite USB-C Docking station and port replicator accessories turn the HP Chromebook 13 into a full desktop solution with additional USB 3.0 ports and dual display support.

Because Google & HP aim this device for business, this Chromebook comes with the improved Citrix Receiver 2.0 and direct integration with Microsoft PKI.

For our customers who are using a Microsoft infrastructure, we’re excited to announce the improved Citrix Receiver 2.0 for Chrome, a virtualization solution that lets you remotely use apps from other platforms in their own window, even from the Chrome OS launcher. You simply use legacy and Chrome apps the same way, whether they’re local or remote, in browser tabs or individual windows. We also now offer direct integrationwith the Microsoft PKI based off of Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS).

The base model of the Chomebook 13 G1 is powered by the Intel Pentium 4405Y and 4GB of RAM while the top end model is powered by the Intel Core M7 and 16GB of RAM will set you back $1029.  To get more information, visit Google For Work – Chrome site.