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article imageHP's newest laptop lasts for almost 13 hours, runs Chrome OS

By James Walker     Jun 30, 2016 in Technology
HP has expanded its range of ultra-portable cloud-based Chromebooks with a new laptop capable of lasting for up to 12.5 hours on a single charge. The HP Chromebook 11-inch G5 is indicative of the growing popularity of Google's Chrome OS.
Announced this week, the Chromebook 11 G5 is designed to capitalise on the new features that are coming soon to Chrome OS. It is available with an optional touchscreen display, letting you interact more easily with the wealth of Android apps about to arrive on the platform.
Compared with previous generation HP Chromebooks, the G5 has been slimmed-down and redesigned. Display bezels have been shrunk to make the 11-inch panel appear larger and the chassis thickness and weight has been reduced. Despite getting smaller all around, HP has still improved battery life, promising a "game-changing" 12.5 hours away from the wall.
As with the majority of Chromebooks, raw power is rather lacking. The processor is Intel's basic Celeron N3060, fine for light web browsing and word processing but unsuitable for much else. Chrome OS runs well on almost anything though, designed for simplistic computing and cloud-based experiences.
HP is designing the Chromebook 11 G5 as an entry-level device, purposely placing it beneath its Chromebook 13. With a starting price of just $189, the G5 is designed to appeal to students, parents buying children their first PC and schools equipping entire classes with laptops.
Education remains the largest Chrome OS audience. The platform has been an unexpected hit in the classroom, achieving so much in the past couple of years that it now dominates U.S. schools. Sales of Chromebooks have overtaken Apple's MacBooks in the U.S., driven by strong education uptake.
The Chromebook 11 G5 is built with this use case in mind. Its slimmed-down profile makes it easier to slip into a backpack and allows students to have more arm room when sitting at desks. Its lighter weight makes it less of a burden to carry around all day. The device is well protected against bumps and knocks by a Gorilla Glass display, available on some models.
"The demand for Chromebook in education continues to grow as schools take full advantage of the benefits of Chrome - manageability, simplicity, security," said Anna Wu, product manager for Chromebooks at HP. "The functionality of Android apps - many of which are touch-centric - are adding more versatile learning experiences to the classroom with a host of new education-focused apps."
Android apps will arrive on Chrome OS later this year. The feature will greatly expand the opportunities offered by the platform, letting users run millions of Android tablet apps natively on their laptop. Google is evolving Chrome OS to make Chromebooks more versatile. Dramatically increasing the range of available software will help to make the platform more attractive to people currently using Windows or Mac laptops.
The HP Chromebook 11 G5 will launch to retail customers in October. The base model non-touch device will start at $189, giving you a fully-fledged laptop for the price of a decent Android tablet. The optional touchscreen will set you back an extra $80, taking the total to $269.
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