In the Android world, Lenovo is more commonly thought of as the company who manufactures a number of smartphones. Not to mention, the company who fairly recently acquired Motorola. However, Lenovo is extremely well-known outside of the Android sphere as a company who makes a number of more computing-based products and solutions. An avenue which has seen them move naturally towards the Chrome OS market of late, with the release of a number of Chrome OS running devices. The most recent of which was the Chromebook 100s which was designed to be an extremely affordable Chromebook, one which launched late in 2015 for the low price of $179.99.
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At CES this week and following on from their Chrome OS endeavors, Lenovo has now confirmed that their latest variant to join the ThinkPad line will be landing on the market in the first half of this year in the form of the ThinkPad 13. While ThinkPads are devices which are commonly associated with being Windows-based, Lenovo has also confirmed that as well as the standard Windows option, they will be releasing a Chrome OS variant as well. In terms of the specs, the ThinkPad 13 is a laptop which comes equipped with a 13-inch screen and will be available in multiple configuration options. At the present time, the Chrome OS variant specs have not been provided in detail by Lenovo, although the Windows model has been confirmed to be coming with different RAM configurations (up to 16GB). Internal storage set at 512GB SSD, while the processor will vary depending on the customization choice – up to an Intel 6th Gen Core i5 vPro. So it does seem likely the Chrome OS option will also be available in multiple RAM and storage options as well. Connections on offer include a full size HDMI port, USB 3.0 ports and the ThinkPad 13 will come equipped with a USB Type-C port, for those who make use of any of the newer Type-C USB enabled smartphones. Not to mention, this is a device which comes with a Mil-Spec build and set to offer the consumer a durable but productive Chrome OS solution.
For those interested, Lenovo has confirmed that the ThinkPad 13 will become available starting in June 2016 for the Chrome OS variant and prices will start from $399. The Windows option will become available slightly earlier (April 2016), although priced slightly higher and starting from $449.