This week Google’s Chrome operating system gained a new OEM partner for Chromebook’s, laptops powered by Chrome OS. Legendary PC maker Lenovo has announced their very first Chromebook with the 11.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook features the same design as the Windows powered ThinkPad X131e, a portable laptop released last year, but with Chrome OS and only an Intel process with no option for an AMD APU. Since the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook features the same design you also get all the protective features that the Windows powered X131e offers buyers.
Protective features like a strong display hinge design that can last through as many as 50,000 open/close cycles, and a chassis design that uses materials like rubber to protect the internal components from damage if the laptop is dropped. According to Lenovo the design of the X131e has led to a drop in failure rates compared to the previous ThinkPad X100 series laptop released by the company.
Lenovo plans to make the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook available starting on February 26, 2012. However the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook’s won’t be available for purchase at your local electronics stores. Lenovo is making their first Chromebook available exclusively, for now, to schools (K-12). On Google’s website for Chromebooks they list the starting price as being $459 for a X131e Chromebook and that base price factors in a $30 management console & support fee.
In their press release Lenovo does a good job introducing the public to their newest mobile computing solution, but the full specifications are found on Google’s product page for the X131e Chromebook. You can check out the full specifications for the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook below, but keep in mind that Chrome OS is a light operating system and requires very little to do a lot.
Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Specifications:
- Intel Celeron Processor
- 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Integrated low-light HD webcam
- 11.6-inch, 1366-by-768 pixels, HD LED anti-glare screen
- Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet
- Two USB 3.0 and One USB ports
- VGA and HDMI ports
- 1.3-inches thick and 3.9 pounds (1.8 kg)
Lenovo promises than their ThinkPad X131e will have enough battery life to last kids through an entire school day, and Google’s webpage for the new Chromebook lists up to 6.5 hours for the X131e Chromebook. The Windows-based ThinkPad X131e with an Intel processor is advertised as having up to 8.5 hours of battery life from its 6-cell battery.