updated 05:55 am EST, Thu January 16, 2014
Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues
The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.
The original Wi-Fi version was pulled from sale in Best Buy and Google Play just one month after launch, over reports of problems with its AC adapter. A later recall revealed instances of overheating and melting, including a "small burn" to one user and "minor property damage" to another, with an estimated 145,000 chargers affected. It remains priced at $279.
HP Chromebook 11
The LTE-enabled edition at Best Buy is exactly the same as the Wi-Fi model, in having a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an 11.6-inch 1366x768 IPS display. Liliputing notes that, though it is available for $379, customers adding the Chromebook 11 to a $10 Verizon 4G data plan receive a $50 rebate, bringing the price down to $329.