Acer and HP announce first AMD-powered Chromebooks

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If you're in the market for a mid-range or high-end Chromebook, this is not for you.

The HP Chromebook 14 features a 14-inch IPS display.

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When many were expecting CES 2019 to mark the launch of AMD's first 7nm Ryzen chips and Vega 2 graphics cards, Team Red has instead kicked off the show with the somewhat boring announcement of new 12nm Zen+ Ryzen 3000 mobile processors.

AMD declares that both the A4 and the A6 edge out competition in nearly every area, with up to 23% faster web browsing according to Speedometer 2.0 readings and and web applications processing up to 13% faster in Webxprt 3. This indicates that the HP Chromebook 14 is a low-end device. There's 32GB of onboard storage, the 35Wh lithium-polymer battery will last for a full school day, and you can use a USB Type-C connection to charge up when you need. It comes with dual Speakers and Audio by B&O for an enriched audio experience.

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Chromebooks have relatively not made much of a hit in Australia so it is unlikely you will see these in many stores but if you do and are looking for a new Chromebook these should be worth a gander with the prices expected to be very affordable - it is an EDU lineup afterall. The HP Chromebook 14 will be available for purchase in three colors - I'm partial to the Inky Blue, but there are white and charcoal for the less adventurous - starting at $269 later this month. The Chromebook 315 features a 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The AMD A4-9120C is a two core / two thread processor with 2.4GHz boost frequency and 1.6GHz base frequency with GCN 1.2 "Radeon R4" graphics. It is thinner than its C202 predecessor while managing to squeeze in a bigger battery, and there will apparently be a configuration available with a touchscreen display. Curiously, it's rather meager on the storage with only 32 or 64 of slower eMMC storage. In April, it will be coming to EMEA markets with a pricing of 349 euros (~$398).

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