HP Rolls Out Chromebook with Full HD Touch Screen

Flying under the radar just before Christmas, HP has launched a new, full-high definition version of the Chromebook 14. Released earlier this year, the model was criticized for its less-than-dazzling screen.

The more expensive revised version of the device gives consumers the option of going with a touch screen Chrome experience and improved specs over its predecessors.

PC makers have been adding touch capability to Chromebooks for a while, but still, most of the software loaded on those machines has been designed for a traditional mouse and keyboard. That might change soon, though, as Google continues to experiment with running touch-centric Android apps on its Chromebooks.

The Chromebook 14-x050nr Touch is available in the United States with a suggested price of $440. Two months ago, HP unveiled its new line of Chromebooks powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. At that time, the company said a Chromebook with a full HD display and a touch screen would be available in a few months, and the Chromebook 14 Touch is that product. No details for availability outside the U.S. were available as of Tuesday.

Nice Screen

The new device sports 4 GB of RAM and a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. But the main selling point is the screen, a 14-inch diagonal full-high definition WLED-backlit touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Originally HP said that this model of the device would come equipped with 16 GB of flash storage and a retail price of $430. The Chromebook 14-x050nr instead packs double the flash storage at 32 GB, but for $440, or $10 more.

A great deal, or a marginal upgrade? Probably somewhere in between, Gurpreet Kaur, an industry analyst for Gap Intelligence Inc., told us.

"I think that while the price is significantly less than the price of the Chromebook Pixel, it is still a...

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