HP clearly is continuing to support Chrome OS in a big way. After announcing two new Chromebooks, the company has announced the 2nd generation of their Chromebox, the HP Chromebox G2. With the option to power this new Chromebox with up to the latest 8th generation Intel i7 processor, this will be a powerful option for those looking for a workstation or at home Chrome device. It will be available this Spring.
Keeping with the small form factor, the new HP Chromebox G2 will measure 5.87 x 5.87 x 1.57 inches and weigh 1.48 lbs. That is pretty consistent with the first generation HP Chromebox. What changes though are the internals. The base model will be powered by the Intel Celeron 3865U processor but there is an i5-7300U and i7-8650U option available. The Celeron option will have the Intel HD Graphics 610 integration graphics option while the Core i models will have the UHD Graphics 620. Also, you will be able to have up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage built into the device.
Port wise, you have 1 USB-C connector which is now required by Google for Chrome OS devices, as well as 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. There is an RJ-45 connector to connect the Chromebox to a wired network and a HDMI port.
With these types of options available, it is clear that HP is aiming to make the HP Chromebox G2 a serious desktop device. Unfortunately, for now, pricing was not disclosed by HP but the new device is expect to be available in April of this year.
Source: Clinton Fitch