Lenovo Announces Chromebook ThinkPad

Previously, Chromebook shoppers have been restricted to either Samsung or Asus when purchasing their Chrome OS laptop. However, Lenovo today announced that it will soon launch a version of its ThinkPad X131e running Google's Chrome OS. The laptop is aimed at school goers and Lenovo has 'school-proofed' the machine with ruggedized edges. The hinge has been stress tested with 50,000 open and close cycles.

"The ThinkPad X131e has proven to be very successful in education environments," said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing, ThinkPad Product Group. "With the rugged features we added to the X131e, we've seen reduced failure rates in the field. This is a huge benefit to schools and students. We're pleased to be able to offer this hardened ThinkPad Chromebook as a great computer for schools."

Lenovo says the ThinkPad X131e is an 11.6-inch device based on an Intel processor and packs three USB ports. Other than that little bit of information (and the fact that the screen is a 1366x768 HD LED anti-glare affair), the company provided little in the way of specs.

The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26. For now, it looks like Lenovo won't be selling this notebook to the average consumer. Instead, it will be available to purchase in bulk by educational institutions. Still, that may change. We'll keep you posted if it does.

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  • Intriguing - has anyone used Chrome OS? Sounds like Android and Linux mated for the personal computer, but don't know how well that translated
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  • This is arguably the official end to the WinTel era. The most powerful name in laptops "ThinkPad" is dropping exclusive use the most powerful OS in the last two decades "Windows", and replacing it with one from arguably the most powerful company today "Google". Sign of the times.
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  • game junkyIntriguing - has anyone used Chrome OS? Sounds like Android and Linux mated for the personal computer, but don't know how well that translated


    It's like Google Chrome with a desktop, you get almost all of the Web Store as well as Google Chrome.
    Good for first buyers of computers, not so good for those who already own one unless they are looking for portability.
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