Lenovo Puts Its Chromebook 3 In An 11-Inch Package With Improvements

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Lenovo has now unveiled a new addition to its Chromebook 3 lineup, bolstering at least a few of the original gadget's specs in a more portable 11-inch package, Chrome Unboxed reports. The improvements start at the Chromebook 3 11's 11.6-inch TN LCD display panel, which has been pushed to 250 nits.

That's up from the 220 nits found on the 14-inch version. And that's been packed into a new dual-tone gray frame too, complete with redesigned texturing on one portion.

The storage is changing here as well. While Lenovo opted to utilize the same RAM — 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, to be exact — that's been bumped to 64GB. The figure represents a doubling of the storage found in the original Chromebook 3 14.

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Of course, the smaller size also equates to a slightly lower weight. The 11-inch Chromebook 3 from Lenovo tips the scales at 2.47 lbs instead of 3.09 lbs.

What else does the Lenovo Chromebook 3 11 bring to the table?

Aside from the changes noted above, everything else with the new Chromebook 3 11 appears to be the same. The company opted to carry forward the lay-flat design, for example. So this isn't a 2-in-1 tablet-like Chromebook but a more traditional clamshell.

Its HD 1366×768 resolution display is coupled with a similarly specced webcam too, at 720p. Below that, surrounding the keyboard, are the same ports and plugs on the original. That means users are getting two USB Type-C (Gen 1, USB 3.1) ports for charging, transfers, and display capabilities. Those are backed by two further standard USB ports from the same generation of USB.

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For those who need a little added physical security, the Lenovo Chromebook 3 11 also features a Kensington security lock.

A 3.5mm audio combo jack is present for audio listening or recording and a MicroSD card reader is present. That's just in case 64GB of storage isn't enough to hold all of the user's media — or the available Android and Linux apps and games. Bluetooth 4.2 takes care of wireless audio and accessories. External audio is handled via two 2-watt speakers.

Chrome OS, of course, manages everything under the hood. And the auto-updates for that won't come to an end until June 2026.

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Driving all of the processing is an Intel Celeron N4020 chip clocked at up to 2.8GHz over two cores and two threads. The chip can provide a claimed up to 10-hours of battery life on a single charge.

Pricing for this Chromebook is surprisingly well thought out

In terms of pricing and availability, there haven't been any specific regions specified for the Chromebook 3 11 from Lenovo. But pricing is set in a way that's sure to be appealing to anybody looking for a secondary computing device in a portable package. Or for a new laptop for the family.

Lenovo set the bar for the original Chromebook 3 in a 14-inch package at $249. The new 11-inch variant provides the above improvements at around $229 at retail too. So users are paying a slightly lower cost, sacrificing some screen real estate for a better display panel and double the storage space. Lenovo is selling the Chrome OS gadget via its official store site now.

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