HP Unveils Chromebooks for Enterprise: AMD and Intel
HP has introduced its first business-oriented Chromebooks for Enterprise mobile PCs that support advanced security, management, and deployment features. The lineup consists of two machines featuring different configurations: Intel-based Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1 convertibles with 8th Generation processors, as well as AMD-powered Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5 laptops.
HP’s Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5: A Cheap Business Machine
HP’s entry-level Chrome OS-based machine for business users is the Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5 that is equipped with a 14-inch HD or Full-HD display and is based on AMD’s dual-core A4-9120C with Radeon R4 graphics or dual-core A6-9220C with Radeon R5 graphics. The system comes equipped with 8 GB of DDR4-1866 RAM as well as an eMMC 5.0 drive featuring capacity from 16 to 64 GB. The machine is 1.83 cm thick and weighs 1.57 kilograms, which is comparable to other 14-inch laptops.
Other features of the notebook include Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connectors (with Power Delivery and DisplayPort support), a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets, a 720p camera, stereo speakers, a microphone array, a spill resistant keyboard, a touchpad, and a 47.36 Wh battery that can last for up to 9 hours, according to HP.
Since we are dealing with a business-class machine, it comes with Google’s H1 security chip that enable security features supported (or to be supported) by Chrome OS, including verified boot, battery cutoff, and guaranteed reset.
HP’s Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1: A More Advanced Business Machine
Moving on to the Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1, which is a more advanced and presumably more expensive Chrome OS-powered laptop from HP. Being a premium convertible PC, the notebooks comes in a metallic chassis with a 14-inch Full-HD IPS-class monitor with thin side bezels as well as a 360° hinge that flips and folds the laptop into notebook, stand, tent, and tablet modes. The hybrid machine weighs 1.61 kilograms and features a 1.6 cm z-height.
Offering considerably higher performance than its counterparts mentioned above, the Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1 machines pack Intel’s 8th Generation Core (also Pentium or Celeron) processors with up to four cores as well as Intel UHD Graphics 610/620 that are accompanied by up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM as well as an eMMC 5.0 storage solution of up to 64 GB capacity. When it comes to connectivity, the PC features Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectors with DisplayPort as well as power delivery for docking, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets.
Being aimed at users that demand something better than average, HP’s Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1 computers feature B&O-badged speakers as well as a 60.9 Wh battery that can last for up to 13 hours. The notebook also has a 720p webcam, a microphone array, Google’s H1, and other essentials.
Sales & Availability
HP will start sales of its Chromebook Enterprise x360 14E G1 convertibles and Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5 laptops later this month. Pricing is unknown.