It is being indicated that Hewlett-Packard Company(NYSE:HPQ) is working on a new notebook running Google’s open source Chrome OS, thereby joining the likes of Acer, Lenovo and Samsung in what appears suddenly to be a growing list of vendors interested in the cloud-centric Chromebooks. A PDF file has been found on the vendor’s website replete with the new model’s specifications, which has given rise to this theory.
The new unit is called the Pavilion Chromebook, as per HP’s online store. Its distinctive feature might be a 14-inch, 1366×768 display, making it the largest screen compared to the 11.6-inch entries sported by rivals Acer, Lenovo and Samsung Chromebooks. However, it can’t be gauged if the information was posted on the vendor’s online store site by mistake or if HP’s actions are deliberate to generate more interest in the Chromebook prior to its posted “ad embargo” February 17 date.
Other specifications include the Pavilion Chromebook running on a 1.1GHz Celeron Processor 847 with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage, having three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, an HD webcam and also a multiformat digital card reader. There might be a small glitch – the limited battery life, which is slightly more than 4 hours. Details regarding pricing have not been mentioned.
Industry insiders are speculating that leading vendors are opting for Chromebooks as a suitable alternative for Windows. This theory does hold some ground as HP is one of Microsoft’s most prized and loyal customers and a Chromebook release from HP might somewhat affect the relationship.