HP Chromebook 11; iTunes Radio for NZ, Vodafone

HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11

HP’s brand is on the latest Google Chromebook which launched yesterday in New York. The HP Chromebook 11 is cheap at just US$279 – about NZ$340. It has an 11-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display with in-plane switching — which means a better screen than on other low-cost Chromebooks.

There’s 16GB storage on-board but it also comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. The model launched yesterday is Wi-Fi only, but Google and HP say a version with built-in 4G mobile will be available later this year.

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