AMD’s Ryzen CPU and graphics platform has been a certified hit for both desktops and laptops, offering much-needed competition for Intel. While AMD-branded chips have been in Chromebooks in the past, they have been limited to ultra-budget models. That changed today when HP announced the Pro C645, a mid-range laptop offering a range of Ryzen processors.
The 14-inch Pro C645 seems to aim for the “build it yourself” model for shopping on laptops that have gone out of style in recent years and offers lots of different configurations. Low processor choices include Athlon Silver and Gold, with Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 options on top. All five processors are in the 3000 family and are filled with Ryzen 7 3700C. It’s still a year after the latest processors in the latest laptops (4000 series).
HP’s campaign page says that the C645 offers “up to” 16 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage (which is quite spacious for a Chromebook). It includes both USB-C and USB-A ports on both sides, plus a full-size HDMI port and a MicroSD card slot. Notably, the keyboard is wide enough to accommodate speakers on each side.
If it follows in the footsteps of the extremely similar Intel-based HP Pro C640, it will offer 1366 × 768 as a standard screen with upgrades to both a touch panel and full HD resolution. The laptop starts at $ 555 for 8 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage. Prices and release dates for the C645 have not been released yet. We may see more Ryzen-based Chromebooks from HP soon, but other manufacturers seem reluctant to make this pair.
Source: HP via Chrome Unboxed