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HP boosts Chromebook lineup with two new models, both under $500

HP has new Google-powered laptops heading to Best Buy and its own online store this month.

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HP's Chromebook x36014c.

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Looking for a new computer to help with your quarantine browsing? HP is adding two new Chromebooks to its lineup that it hopes might win you over.

The two devices, a 14-inch model called the HP Chromebook x360 14c and an 11.6-inch called the HP Chromebook 11a, will be available at Best Buy and on HP's website later this month. They start at $499 for the x360 14c and $219 for the 11a. 

Billing it as its most "premium Chromebook yet," the x360 14c features a 14-inch full HD, edge-to-edge glass touchscreen, HD webcam (though HP did not list a specific resolution) with a physical privacy switch for covering it up when not in use, a fingerprint reader and Wi-Fi 6 support. There are two USB-C ports, one USB-A port and a headphone jack. 

As it's an x360 model, the laptop can flip its screen all the way back to become a tablet.

Specs for the computer start at an Intel Pentium Gold processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, though you can configure a version with up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor , additional RAM and 128GB of storage. HP says the x360 14c will have 13.5 hours of battery life and can charge to 50% in 45 minutes. 

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HP Chromebook 11a.

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The Chromebook 11a, meanwhile, has an HD display and runs on a dual-core Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. An HD webcam is present (again, no resolution listed), as are two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack and an HDMI-out port for connecting to an additional display. 

HP says the computer should be able to provide up to 13 hours of battery life. 

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