HP Delivers One Intel, One AMD Chromebook For Students & Teachers

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HP has taken to this year's BETT event in London to unveil one Chromebook operating with Intel inside and another with AMD, bringing the two chip giants head-to-head for students and teachers alike. Aside from a few internal differences, however, the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE and HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE are effectively the same.

Both the Intel and AMD variant of the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE is an 11.6-inch Chromebook geared toward education. That starts with an identical ruggedized platform, complete with pick-proof full-skirted anchored keys. The keyboard housing those keys is spill-resistant too. That's up to 350ml — 12-ounces — of spill-through protection as well as the ability to survive a good wipedown with common household cleaning wipes.

Not only is both the Intel and AMD version of this Chromebook additionally certified to withstand HP's own Total Test Process and MIL-STD 810G testing. HP also ensures it can survive drop tests from up to 76cm — around 30-inches — and onto wood from 122cm — around 4-feet.

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HP says its Chromebook 11 G8 and 11A G8 are the thinnest rugged Chromebooks on the market. Both are being shown in two colors with textured back-plates intended to make them harder to drop, to begin with. Those colors are Pebble Gray and Sage Green.

Two HP Chromebooks that aren't quite identical

There are three key areas where the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE and HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE differ though. Namely, that's in terms of the RAM, wireless connection tech, graphics, and the processor.

The former device is all Intel on the inside. Buyers can pick between an Intel Celeron N4000, N4020, N4100, or N4120 processor, gradually stepping up in performance depending on what's needed. That chip will, in any case, be backed up by 8GB of LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM — compared to the DDR4-1866 SDRAM found in the AMD machine.

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For graphics, the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE packs in integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600. The AMD-powered Chromebook 11A G8 EE from HP utilizes either AMD Radeon R5 Graphics or AMD Radeon R4 Graphics. For AMD fans, that's going to depend on the chipset chosen. The HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE comes with either an AMD A4-9120C APU or an AMD A6-9220C APU.

For connectivity, both devices feature range-extending HP tech, MU-MIMO, and Chromecast support. The Intel machine is driven by an Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9560 chip with slightly better Bluetooth — Bluetooth 5.0. HP's AMD machine packs in Qualcomm's Wi-Fi 5 chip coupled with Bluetooth 4.2.

Specs

Aside from processors, RAM, and wireless technologies, the Intel-powered HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE and AMD-driven 11A G8 EE are all but identical. But for those who need a deeper run-down of the specifications for these Chrome OS gadgets, here they are — as provided by HP.

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HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE

Available Operating SystemChrome OS
Processor FamilyIntel® Celeron® processor
Available ProcessorsIntel® Celeron® N4120 with Intel® UHD Graphics 600 (1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.6 GHz burst frequency,  4 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Celeron® N4100 with Intel® UHD Graphics 600 (1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.4 GHz burst frequency, 4 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel® Celeron® N4020 with Intel® UHD Graphics 600 (1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.8 GHz burst frequency, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Celeron® N4000 with Intel® UHD Graphics 600 (1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.6 GHz burst frequency, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Display Size11.6"
Maximum Memory8 GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
Memory soldered down
Internal Storage16 GB up to 64 GB eMMC 5.0
Display11.6" diagonal HD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit, 220 nits, 45% NTSC (1366 x 768)
11.6" diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit, 220 nits, 50% NTSC (1366 x 768)
11.6" diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit touch screen, 220 nits, 50% NTSC (1366 x 768)
Available GraphicsIntegrated: Intel® UHD Graphics 600
(Support HD Decode, DX12, and HDMI 1.4b.)
AudioHD audio, dual speakers, integrated microphone
Wireless TechnologiesIntel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 5 Combo, non-vPro™
(HP Extended Range Wireless Lan, MU-MIMO and Chromecast support)
Expansion Slots1 microSD (Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC.)
Ports and Connectors2 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Power delivery, data transfer, DisplayPort™)
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 Stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
Available KeyboardsFull-size textured island-style keyboard, spill-resistant with HP Improved Anchored Key Design
Available Pointing DevicesTouchpad with multi-touch gesture support, taps enabled as default
Camera720p HD camera
Software IncludedHP Classroom Manager; Chrome Enterprise Upgrade
Chrome Education Upgrade
Security ManagementNano Security lock slot; Google H1 Security Chip
PowerHP Smart 45 W USB Type-C™ adapter
Battery TypeHP Long Life 2-cell, 47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
Battery is internal and not replaceable by customer. Serviceable by warranty
Dimensions11.61 x 8.08 x 0.74 in;
29.5 x 20.53 x 1.88 cm
WeightStarting at 2.91 lb; Starting at 1.32 kg
Energy Efficiency ComplianceENERGY STAR® certified; EPEAT® 2019 Silver
Environmental SpecificationsLow halogen; TCO 8.0 Certified

HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE

Available Operating SystemChrome OS
Processor FamilyAMD A6-Series APU processor; AMD A4-Series APU processor
Available ProcessorsAMD A6-9220C APU with Radeon™ R5 Graphics (1.8 GHz base clock, up to 2.7GHz max boost clock, 1 MB cache, 2 cores)
AMD A4-9120C APU with Radeon™ R4 Graphics (1.6 GHz base clock, up to 2.4GHz max boost clock, 1 MB cache, 2 cores)
Display Size11.6"
Maximum Memory8 GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM
Internal Storage16 GB up to 64 GB eMMC 5.0
Display11.6" diagonal HD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit, 220 nits, 45% NTSC (1366 x 768)
11.6" diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit, 220 nits, 50% NTSC (1366 x 768)
11.6" diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit touch screen, 220 nits, 50% NTSC (1366 x 768)
Available GraphicsIntegrated: AMD Radeon™ R5 Graphics; AMD Radeon™ R4 Graphics
(Support HD Decode, DX12, and HDMI 1.4b.)
AudioHD audio, dual speakers, integrated microphone
Wireless TechnologiesQualcomm® Wi-Fi 5 (2×2) and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
(HP Extended Range Wireless Lan, MU-MIMO and Chromecast support)
Expansion Slots1 microSD (Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC.)
Ports and Connectors2 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Power delivery, data transfer, DisplayPort™)
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 Stereo headphone/microphone combo jack
Available KeyboardsFull-size textured island-style keyboard, spill-resistant with HP Improved Anchored Key Design
Available Pointing DevicesTouchpad with multi-touch gesture support, taps enabled as default
Camera720p HD camera
Software IncludedHP Classroom Manager; Chrome Enterprise Upgrade; Chrome Education Upgrade
Security ManagementNano Security lock slot; Google H1 Security Chip
PowerHP Smart 45 W USB Type-C™ adapter
Battery TypeHP Long Life 2-cell, 47.36 Wh Li-ion polymer
Battery is internal and not replaceable by customer. Serviceable by warranty
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours
Dimensions11.61 x 8.08 x 0.74 in;
29.5 x 20.53 x 1.88 cm
WeightStarting at 3.02 lb; Starting at 1.37 kg
Energy Efficiency ComplianceENERGY STAR® certified; EPEAT® 2019 Silver
Environmental SpecificationsLow halogen; TCO 8.0 Certified

Pricing and availability

HP hasn't provided specific dates for the launch of either the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE or the Chromebook 11A G8 EE. But the company has provided a general timeline and at least some pricing information. The Intel-driven HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE is available now and starts out at $259 for the entry model while the AMD-powered counterpart doesn't have a price just yet. The HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE is currently expected to arrive in February.