Announced earlier this year at CES, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is now available from the company’s online store. With the same design and durability as the Windows version, the Chromebook variant is powered by Intel’s new Skylake processor and will support Android apps later this year.
Design-wise, the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is identical to its Windows counterpart. It features the original ThinkPad keyboard and shares similar ports, including two USB 3.0 and two USB-C ports. One of the latter ports is also used to charge the device’s 10 hour battery. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot. This Chromebook meets military-specification testing for ruggedness, durability, and quality.
Many variants of the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook are right now on sale at Lenovo’s site. For $429, currently $386.10, the Chromebook comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 1366 x 768 display at 13.3-inches. Going up to an i3 chipset will add $130 (normally $200). The only way to get 8GB of memory and 32GB of storage is to upgrade to an i5 processor for $350 more (usually $450).
For $50, users can switch to a nicer 1920 x 1080 IPS display panel. At the moment, the 1080p option is shipping in 5-7 days, while the lower-res screen will take 4-5 weeks to ship. A 1080p touchscreen version is also in the works and will be available in the future.
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