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Lenovo Announces their Convertible Chromebook for $429

April 11, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today, there are two more Lenovo Chromebooks out there. There’s the Thinkpad 11e and then the Thinkpad Yoga 11e. The main differences between the two are that the Yoga one is convertible, meaning you can use it as a tablet, as well as just a laptop. Lenovo has seen success with their Yoga line of tablets and laptops as of late, and now they are expanding it to Chromebooks. Lenovo has a few Yoga Android tablets, which are pretty amazing tablets actually, with great battery life as well.

The Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook and Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook have an 11.6-inch display which is a 1366×768 resolution. Powered by the Quad-core Intel Celeron N2920 (Bay Trail) @ 1.8GHz. This is a Haswell chip, so we’re looking at insane battery life, Lenovo is touting around 8 hours, but we’ll probably see closer to 9 or so. It also has a 16GB SSD inside as well as 2GB of RAM. Obviously it’ll have a webcam that can output 720p. We’ll probably also see a HDMI port as well as a couple of USB ports. Hopefully USB 3.0 this time. Although the ports and such were not mentioned.

As far as pricing goes, the Thinkpad Yoga 11e is going for $429, and the Thinkpad 11e is going for $349. Both are a bit high in terms of Chromebooks, so we’ll have to wait and see how well they hold up before we can say we recommend them. This will be Lenovo’s first venture into Chrome OS. Yes, they have put out a Chromebook already, but that was only for educational customers, i.e. schools. And were not available to the general public. It’ll be real interesting to see how these sell once they are available. These will be launching in June, while their Windows 8.1 counterparts are launching in May. Make sure you stay tuned as we’ll let everyone know when they are available and how well they hold up.