HP launched a new HP Chromebook x360 convertible laptop on Friday in India starting at Rs. 44,990. Claiming to reinvent the PC experience for modern, Gen Z consumers, the new Chromebook is powered by Chrome OS with a Android app support via the Google Play Store.
Available in one model for now — Chromebook x360 (i3 and i5 variant) in Ceramic White and Cloud Blue colour variants, and will be available to purchase through the HP World Stores in 28 cities in India, HP Online Store, as well as e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart.
User can log in into the laptop to sync their account with apps, documents, and files. As most of the computing activity on the laptop is taken care of on Google’s servers, HP says that because of this, the device’s processor can’t be bogged down even when the storage is full.
“We are excited to introduce the HP Chromebook x360 in India to help modern consumers unlock new ways to create, collaborate and consume with the features and functionalities of Chrome OS and Android apps,” said Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, personal systems, HP Inc. India.
The Chromebook x360 has four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. Powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U processor. It features a 14-inch diagonal FHD (1920×1080 pixels) multi-touch IPS display, ‘micro-edge’ 7.5mm ultra-thin bezel and custom-tuned “Bang and Olufsen” dual speakers
One will have to shell out Rs 44,990 for the laptop’s Core i3 variant, while the Core i5 model of the device is priced at Rs 52,990. Those who buy the device will also get a premium subscription to Google One with one-year complimentary access to 100 GB of Google Drive storage and unlimited Google Photos storage.
As Chromebooks sync everything with the cloud and requires constant connectivity, HP Chromebook buyers can avail 2GB of high-speed 4G data every day from Jio for one year with JioFi device for Rs 999.HP Chromebook users will also get access to exclusive Meritnation education package.
Commenting on the revival of Chromebooks in India, Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc says, “The Chromebook x360 ushers in a whole new era of computing in the Indian marketplace, which as you know, is dominated by Gen Z. We are one of the youngest countries when it comes to demographics, and we’re getting younger by the day. On top of it, India has more than 90 per cent share of Android. As the generation is growing up using Android, which makes this product suitable for their needs. The other insight we had about these users was that they’re not just into one particular thing, they’re multitasking a lot longer in a shorter time. So they want to have something which plays very nicely with their smartphone with an ecosystem.”
Just like the Windows OS lineup, HP plans to introduce a complete Chromebook portfolio at different price points. “We are the market leader in marketplaces with almost one in every three PCs being sold an HP. We have choice models. We will continue to drive innovation on the Microsoft platform and have a portfolio over there. With Chromebooks, we will build devices which are lower and higher than the Chromebook X360. This is just the launch of the portfolio,” adds Bedi.