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HP Drops New $189 Chromebook

Hewlett-Packard’s latest Chromebook is aiming squarely at the back-to-school market.

The newly updated Chromebook 11 G5 is a Cloud-centric 11.6-inch, 2.5-pound laptop that will run all Android apps via a touchscreen for a bare-bones price of $189.

The G5 features a slimmed-down design with narrower display bezels, thinner and lighter dimensions than previous generations, and the promise of up to 12.5 hours of battery life.

The G5 is the first of HP’s 11.6-inch diagonal Chromebooks to offer a touchscreen.

It is driven by a gaming- and video-friendly Intel Celeron N3060 processor and runs Google’s OS, which is expected to enable apps from the Google Play Store later this year.

HP said its engineers took feedback from teachers and students using Chromebooks in the real world to refine the next generation of devices. Specifically, they aimed to make the latest version of the G5 more durable and user-friendly for students.

It will be available through channel partners starting in July and slated to hit retailers’ shelves the fall.