Lenovo today announced it would release its first Chrome OS-powered notebook with the introduction of the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. It doesn’t appear that Lenovo has changed much from its Windows X131e variant, other than the operating system, but the company provided specs, pricing, and availability details (via TheVerge):
The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage. Throughout the course of a typical school day, students’ laptops are often subject to extreme wear and tear. To help school-proof them, the ThinkPad X131e has rugged features including a rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners to protect the system in the case of an accidental drop. The hinges and hinge brackets are also strengthened to last more than 50,000 open and close cycles.
As for specs, Lenovo said the four-pound, 11.6-inch device would feature an Intel Celeron processor, three USB ports, low-light webcam, HDMI and VGA ports, a 1,366-by-768 HD LED anti-glare screen, and “battery life for the entire school day.” It also packs a 16 GB Solid State Drive and Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet. According to Google, which also made an announcement for the new Chromebook on its Enterprise Blog, battery life is somewhere around 6.5 hours.
Lenovo will make the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook available starting Feb. 26 with volume pricing starting at $429.