Following Lenovo’s announcement that they will be joining the Chromebook bandwagon, it appears that Hewlett-Packard is following suit. Based on a PDF document that The Verge found yesterday, the company is planning to work on what is referred to as Pavilion Chromebook. However, the document that was supposed to prove these speculations has since been pulled out from the PC maker’s website.
A Peek Inside Pavilion Chromebook
In addition, the so-called Pavillion Chromebook will feature 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, HP TrueVision HD Webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, and 16 GB solid-state drive. It will also boast a 14-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. The monitor is considerably bigger than the 11.6-inch screen that is offered by competing manufacturers.
As for the device’s battery life, HP’s spec sheet lists the 4-cell Lithium-Ion power source to offer 4 hours and 15 minutes. That is way behind Samsung’s Chromebook that offers close to seven hours of battery life.
The addition of HP to the Chromebook bandwagon is a no-brainer, since techies know it’s a growing phenomenon. This is in part due to major manufacturers getting involved. In fact, ACER President Jim Wong told that Chromebooks account for 5 percent to 10 percent of their US shipments since November.
It is likely that an official announcement regarding HP’s Pavilion Chromebook will take place on February 17, as also mentioned in the PDF document.
What it Means to Microsoft
On the other hand, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed his growing concern on Google’s Linux-based Chrome operating system. As it turns out, every manufacturer that jumps in the water of Chromebook development is “another nail in Microsoft’s coffin,” as The Street would call it.
With a number of PC makers now joining the Chromebook bandwagon, it appears that Microsoft is facing another batch of trouble.