The adoption of Chromebook PCs is still limited to a few markets like US and that too mostly among the students. The Chrome OS that runs on Chromebooks still accounts for only less than 1% of global desktop PC market share as on July 2019, according to Statcounter.
However, Chrome OS has plenty to offer. Features such as fast boot-up, cloud backup, long lasting battery and the option to download and run Android apps from Google Play Store make devices running them very viable for professional users.
Now HP is offering all these Chrome OS features in a flexible 2-in-1 notebook called the X360. As the name suggests, the notebooks has a 360 degree hinge that allows users to push the touch display all the way back until it touches the base of the keyboard and use it as a standalone tablet. The keyboard can also be used as stand in the tent mode while user works on the touchscreen.
Unlike majority of the entry level Chromebooks that have a plastic body and run on Atom processors, the X360 has a more premium-looking aluminium body and is powered by far more capable 8th gen Core i3 Intel processor coupled with with up to 8GB RAM.
The 14-inch display with Full HD (1,920x1,080p) resolution and thin bezel design is on par with any mid-range Windows notebooks. The device doesn’t miss out on fun features and is powered by dual Bang & Olufsen speakers.
HP Chromebook X360 starts at ₹44,990 and will be available at HP’s offline and online stores as well as on Amazon and Flipkart. Among its alternatives, Acer Chromebook Flip C434 has similar specs. It has a full metal body with 360 degree hinge design, packs in a 14-inch Full HD screen, offers 128GB storage and runs on Intel Core m3 processor in entry level variant which costs $569 (approx ₹40,245), and Intel Core i7 in top variants. However, it is yet to launch in India.