Over the weekend, HP officially unveiled two notebook devices for fans of Google's software bundles. These include the Android-powered Slatebook leaked last month, as well as new variants of the company's existing Chromebook 11 series.
Earlier this morning we learned how the HP Chromebook 11 LTE connectivity would be coming by way of a chip from Altair Semiconductor. While HP has yet to offer any sort of press release style announcement, it seems the pricing has been revealed by way of a retail product listing. The listing comes courtesy of Best Buy, who have the LTE-equipped Chromebook available and priced at $379.
The HP Chromebook 11 has been returning to an available status following the charger recall. The Chrome-running notebook has come available direct from HP as well as with Amazon and from the Google Play Store. The catch remains though, for now, the Chromebook 11 is only available with WiFi in terms of connectivity. HP had said an LTE model was in the works, but haven't offered much beyond that just yet.
With the charger issue being taken care of, it seems the HP Chromebook 11 is returning to an available status. Things are not at a point where the Chromebook can be considered widely available, however Amazon does have an active product listing. The retailer has the Chromebook 11 available in white with blue trim and perhaps key here, shown as a Prime eligible item and being in-stock and ready to ship.
Those waiting for the storm to pass before heading out to buy an HP Chromebook 11 might need to get their wallets ready soon. A new version of the Chromebook, complete with a hopefully better charger, is going out to some owners of the previous model, which could mean that the device might reappear on shelves and onlines stores soon.
Google and HP have recently begun the recall process for the Chromebook 11 charger. The charger was one of the reasons this particular Chromebook attracted some attention at launch, it is microUSB and similar to the one you already have for your smartphone or tablet. But at the same time, that charger was also prone to overheating and after some "guidance and approval" from the CPSC, the recall process is now underway.
The HP Chromebook 11 was released with something unique for charging. The notebook arrived with a microUSB charger, which most will recognize as the same setup they use to charge their tablet or smartphone. Though, the charger on the Chromebook 11 was a bit more powerful. That aside, that charger eventually lead to Google and HP halting all sales of the Chromebook 11.
HP released the Chromebook 11 back in October, only to have it pulled from the shelves a month later. The Chromebook was pulled due to issues with the charger. At the time HP had said a "small number" of user reports showed the charger being "damaged due to over-heating during use." While HP has yet to say when the Chromebook 11 would return to an available status, there has been some testing done on one of those chargers.