AMD takes aim at Intel with new Ryzen and er, Chromebook CPUs

AMD takes aim at Intel with new Ryzen and er, Chromebook CPUs

AMD takes aim at Intel with new Ryzen and er, Chromebook CPUs

The hard, matte plastic exterior gives this laptop a really rugged feeling - it's very confidence-inspiring - and HP says that's to make it attractive to schools (though the Chromebook 14 will be sold in the consumer channel).

There's still more to explore with the newest HP Chromebook 14 and how well the AMD's new A-series does with Chrome OS, but we won't have to wait as long for it as we will for the Acer Chromebook 315.

As far as the other two products announced, the Chromebook Flip C214 is a 2-in-1 that's powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron and up to 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD.

If you're in the market for a mid-range or high-end Chromebook, this is not for you. Performance-wise, AMD A4 and A6 are similar to the Pentium and Celeron series from Intel.

HP's Chromebook 14 is expected to ship later this month starting at $269.

The HP Chromebook comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage. Unlike the Ryzens, the A-Series processors it will come with Radeon R4 and R5 series graphics instead of Radeon Vega Graphics for its integrated graphics. On paper, it is promised to offer more power and more battery efficiency than, say, Intel-based Chromebooks.

Just like the tablet, this entry-level device with an 11.6-inch display features a rubberized chassis with thick bumpers and is similarly resistant to minor drops. The A6-9220C is a two-core, two-thread processor with a base clock speed of 1.8GHz that can boost to 2.7GHz, and is accompanied by the A4-9120C which boasts a slightly-lower base clock speed of 1.6GHz. You can expect a 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display with a full 360-degree hinge, which allows it to be used as a large tablet.

The Chromebook 14 from HP includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support. Battery life is rated for up to 13 hours, but, again, that might be too generous. It will be available for purchase in North America in February with a price tag of $279.

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