Unannounced HP Chromebook 11 goes on sale early


HP appears to be gearing up to launch a new Chromebook 11 that is already being sold in Australia ahead of its official unveiling. The new notebook is distinctly different to the existing Chromebook 11 in terms of design, looking instead like a smaller version of the Chromebook 14.

One of the new notebooks was obtained by YouTuber Lachlan, who was actually looking for an existing Chromebook 11 with the “11-1101” model number — the one with the glossy white plastic design like Apple’s old MacBook. But when he opened up the box, that was not what he had been sold.

Instead, he had a Chromebook with an “11-2001TU” model number, which looks just like a “miniature Chromebook 14.” It has a matte white finish without colored accents, and without that colorful Chrome OS light bar that was built into the lid of its predecessor.

Strangely, the notebook’s internals appear to be the same as its predecessor’s. It has a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5250) processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

This certainly appears to be a new Chromebook 11 that HP hasn’t announced yet. If it’s already on its way to retailers, however, we’d expect to see something official very soon. Lachlan claims that the store he purchased this unit from received 20 of them.

If you’re planning to buy an HP Chromebook 11, then, you may want to hold onto your cash for a little while. The new unit doesn’t appear to be an improvement over its successor in terms of internal specifications, but even so, I’d imagine most would want the latest design — which should be less susceptible to scratches and fingerprints with that matte finish.