Lenovo unveils two Chromebooks, including one with flex

Lenovo unveils two Chromebooks, including one with flex

Summary: Two new Chromebooks bring more choice to prospective buyers. One has a touch screen that bends over backwards.

Lenovo N20 Chrome (Image: Lenovo)

Laptop king Lenovo has been producing Chromebooks for the education sector, and they have just announced two models for the consumer space. These include the N20p Chrome with a display that bends back 300 degrees.

Lenovo has a number of Windows laptops with the flex screen, and the new Chromebook with a touch screen is much the same. The display can be rotated back to allow the N20p to form a stand, or tent mode as Lenovo calls it. It does not bend all the way back to form a tablet like the Yoga 11e Chromebook for the education sector.

The N20 Chrome is like the N20p but without touch operation and the flexible display. Both Chromebooks have Intel Celeron processors for fast operation. Lenovo claims they will get up to eight hours on a charge of the battery.

The 11.6-inch display on both Chromebooks has a standard resolution of 1,366 x 768. They also have wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 16GB of internal storage. The N20 and N20p weigh 2.8lbs and 3.1lbs, respectively. Peripherals can be utilized with these ports available: 2 x USB ports, audio in/out, HDMI-out, and a 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader. You can get up to 4GB of memory on either Chromebook. The 1MP webcam is nothing special but sufficient for video calls.

Dimensions (both models): 295 mm x 212 mm x 17.9 mm (11.6 in x 8.34 in x 0.70 in)

Lenovo is the latest major laptop maker to bring Chromebooks to the consumer market. This may be due to the shrinking sales of the Windows laptop, Lenovo's main product line.

The N20 Chrome will be available from Lenovo in July starting at $279 and the N20p in August starting at $329.

Lenovo N20p Chrome
Lenovo N20p Chrome (Image: Lenovo)

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops, Lenovo

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  • I could have sworn Lenovo was the only vendor to INCREASE laptop sales

    Hmm, seemed to remember Lenovo actually countering the prevailing winds and increasing laptop sales last year.

    Oh yeah, here: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24375913
  • Big deal..

    Ummmmm....(yawn.... eyes rolling....) .. who buys these things and why is Lenovo wasting R&D dollars on them? Literally, I know of nobody who uses a Chromebook when you can get the same functionality and more in a tablet.
    • Weird how these companies don't consult ryork272

      ... when he's so convinced he knows more than them and is happy to talk rubbish to prove it:

      "you can get the same functionality and more in a tablet."

      He also travels the world, checking every mall, library, coolege and home:

      "I know of nobody who uses a Chromebook" - come out of your cave, then, d'oh-boy.
      • lol

        ..it's ironic that you would misspell college. lol
    • No same functionality in most tablets

      Chromebook runs Chrome apps. Chrome on iOS or Windows also runs Chrome apps, but something prevents it to run that apps on mobile. Chrome apps can be packaged as native mobile apps with still experimental dev tools. Thus, if one needs basic but cross platform and absolutely hassle free computing experience, Chrome Book may be a reasonable choice.
  • sweet...

    ...an under-powered laptop.

    That can't run real programs.
    • That can't run legacy programs....

      ....or malware. Fixed it. Underpowered? Spot on! Its also time to ditch the 1,366 x 768 displays. If the Samsung Chromebook2 sells, others will follow.
  • $279 and $329

    put those in the same price range as other laptops.... with 4gb of ram and 500gb+ hard drives and even Core I-series chips. Even these make a superior choice to put Linux on.

    With the price advantage vanishing for chromebooks, they just don't really have much to offer.
    • Not a fair comparison.

      Most other laptops need far more oomph just to get the OS off the ground.

      Chromebooks are underpowered, merely more efficient.

      And their batteries make other laptops look like 1990s throwbacks.
      • Yeah right

        Like those cheap $199 acer chromebooks run soooo smooth....

        Chromebook = Netbook v2.0
      • And those other notebooks

        can do more.
        Michael Alan Goff
        • "And those other notebooks can do more"

          Yes, far more! More heat, noise, power consumption, cost and maintenance.
          • Not necessarily

            I'm sure you could find one that meets those qualifications.

            But saying that it is necessarily true is incorrect.
            Michael Alan Goff
    • Much to offer?

      They don't have Windows 8 on them. And for 90% of us, they work fine without the Windows headaches. The other 10% have too much money so they buy Apple.
      • Then install Linux on a latop

        and you still come out way ahead of what the 16gb chromebook has to offer.

        or load Chrome on Windows8 and turn on the option that lets Chrome take over the interface. All the same functionality with better specs, functionality and more options.
      • 90% of us?

        Is that why desktop OS wise, Windows still has about 80-something percent?
        Michael Alan Goff
    • Conventional HD?

      You are willing to run any OS on a conventional hard drive? I'm not! I want a Linux system too, but passive (no fans) SSD (no RPMs no matter the size). What this yields is a system that has no noise, low heat and shouldn't fail anytime soon with no moving parts. A Chromebook2 is currently my best choice to run Linux on behind both the MBP w/ Retina or Macbook Air. Not exactly the $279-$329 price range. I'm shopping Chromebooks to run both ChromeOS and a Linux distribution of my choice in a chroot until one is natively supported. I am currently on a MBP Retina running Win8.1/OSX 10.9/Ubuntu 14.10 LTS flawlessly. Its freaking fantastic with its EFI booting capabilities (like running Linux distributions 100% from SD cards). Problem is.... I don't own it, its work assigned. I'm shopping for the next best thing. The kicker is, there is only a $1100 price discrepancy between these two.
  • Display technology?

    What display technology do these chromebooks use?
  • Student

    As a student that has to carry a laptop on campus constantly, it is very convenient to carry around a sub 250 dollar laptop in my backpack that weighs less than 3 lbs. If I were to carry around a macbook & it breaks or gets stolen= huge loss. I can take notes, write papers, browse the web, and have a battery life that last for 7+ hours. If it were me and I were still in the market to buy a laptop, I'd buy the older version of a macbook air for approx 850 for home use and a cheap chromebook for school use.
    • Bad idea.

      I like to see how your research papers look like using Google Docs. lol.