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HP launches Chromebook in the US


Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) will start selling its first Chromebook laptop, entering the market for low-priced portables running an operating system from Google Inc that emphasizes working on the Web.

The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook sports a 14-inch screen, a 16-gigabyte solid-state drive and an Intel Corp processor. It also comes with 100 gigabytes of free storage on the online Google Drive service for two years, which ordinarily costs about US$120. The laptop goes on sale today in the US.

Chromebooks, also sold by companies such as Samsung Electronics Co and Acer Inc (宏碁), run Google’s Chrome operating system — software that emphasizes Web browsing, video and Google’s online software for word processing and other tasks.

Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest personal computer maker, will highlight its device’s bigger screen size compared with competing models, consumer notebook director David Conrad said.

Hewlett-Packard, based in Palo Alto, California, is grappling with a shrinking market for PCs, which generated 28 percent of its fiscal fourth-quarter sales.

Executive vice president Todd Bradley said last month that sales of Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft Corp’s flagship operating system, had been disappointing since its debut on Oct. 26 last year.

Worldwide PC unit sales dropped 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year from a year earlier.

That was the first time in more than five years shipments have fallen during the holiday shopping season, IDC Corp said.

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