HP drops stylish new Chromebook x360 models with stylus support

One thing that many of the best HP laptops and Chromebooks have in common is the ability to switch back to a tablet mode. As a result, it's no surprise that HP is launching two more Chromebooks with the award-winning HP Chromebook x360 14b and 12b.

These new Chromebooks follow the Chromebook x360 14 with a similar design but reduced specifications to lower the price. The new Chromebook x360 14b features a 14-inch HD (720p) or Full HD (1080p) touch display, while the Chromebook x360 12b features a 12-inch HD + display with a productivity-oriented 4: 3 aspect ratio features.

In the foreground and focus of both new products is the 360-degree hinge, with which they can be folded into various poses. That way, the Chromebooks can also be used as large-screen tablets. By accessing the Google Play Store, they effectively become Android tablets. They also support active pens for a more accurate input.

The new Chromebooks are powered by Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processors with the option of an Intel Pentium quad-core processor. They also have 4GB of RAM and 32GB to 128GB of eMMC memory.

While the specifications are budgetary, the laptops have a metal design and narrow bezels around the display. They also have B & O speakers and a one-year subscription to Google One.

A new pen standard

An interesting new aspect of the Chromebooks x360 14b and 12b is that they will use a new pen standard called USI (Universal Stylus Initiative). This allows active pens to work across multiple devices, including various types of devices that go beyond laptops. HP is just one of many companies that make USI pens, and the list includes Google and Intel.

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For these new Chromebooks, HP has developed the rechargeable HP USI pen, which is able to magnetically dock with the sides of the devices.

The Chromebook x360 14b will start at $ 379 (around £ 300, $ 550), while the 12b will start at $ 359 (around £ 290, $ 520). Both models should be available in the US this month. The HP Stylus for these tablets is sold separately and costs $ 69 (around £ 55, $ 100) at launch in November. Information on international availability is published.

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