HP announces first 15-inch Chromebook, with backlit keys and number pad

A promotional image of the HP Chromebook 15, HP's first 15-inch Chromebook. CNET

The world of Chromebooks just keeps on growing, both literally and figuratively. Case in point, HP just announced the HP Chromebook 15, the company’s first 15-inch Chrome OS laptop (via CNET).

Because of its sheer size, HP was able to cram a full number pad next to the typical keyboard, which is certainly nice if you need a number pad on your laptop.

That keyboard also features backlit keys, which is always a nice touch, especially on a Chromebook which usually costs much less than a typical Windows- or Mac OS-based laptop. Above that keyboard is a 15.6-inch FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit touchscreen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

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Inside, the HP Chromebook 15 is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U CPU, 4GB of DDR4 SDRAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 610. The laptop weighs about four pounds, and HP claims it gets up to 13 hours of battery life.

Outside, you’ll find a standard selection of ports, including a microSD card reader, two USB-C 3.1 ports, and one typical USB 3.1 port.

The HP Chromebook 15 starts at $449 and comes in two colors: Cloud Blue or Mineral Silver. HP says the laptop is available now in the U.S., but according to its website it is listed as “Coming Soon.” HP also said the laptop is coming to the U.K. and Australia, but declined to announce pricing (or availability) for those regions.

If you’re interested in this laptop, be sure to check the HP site over the next few days to see when the listing goes live.

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