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HP 11 G5 Chromebook

I got my hands on one of the new HP 11 G5 Chromebooks today and have spent a little time with it. The model I get had the following basic spec:

Processor: Intel N3060
RAM: 4Gb
Screen: 11" IPS 1366x768 touchscreen
Ports: 2 USB, 1 HDMI, power, headphone and micro SD (as opposed to the usual SD found on most Chromebooks)

Few Pictures (first one sitting next to a 4Gb R11)

A brief video comparison to the R11 4Gb

The inclusion of the N3060 processor gives it the edge in terms of performance over the R11 and it's thinner than most Chromebooks. However, for touch to be really useful, I think you need the flip functionality which I believe is coming in a variant of the G5. 
I could see this being a solid staff or 1:1 device.

Google Play Android Apps on the Acer R11 Chromebook

I've spent a few days trying out various apps on the Acer R11 (you can also do this on the Pixel 2015 and the Asus Flip). While it's a bit buggy at the moment, it does show great promise and most apps work without issue. Those that don't work are generally games.

My favorite apps from a productivity point of view are:
GMail - very fluid
Google Drive - faster than web version
Google Docs/Sheets/Slide - all work well
Microsoft RDP - works well
WiFi Analyser
Google Keep - great for written notes
INKredible - for making and organising written notes
Google Photos
BBC News
IP Tools
iPlayer Radio
Play Newsstand - can fail to load sometimes
BBC Weather
Skype & Hangouts

All of the above work largely without issue. Once you get into games - some are OK, some just crash on loading e.g. Angry Birds, QuizUP etc

Video demo of some of the apps I've tried and use:

I'm sure stability will improve quickly and I look fo…