Days after rumours starting to circulate around Lenovo's involvement with Chrome OS, the first such device has been revealed. Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad X131e, an 11.6 inch Chromebook aimed exclusively at K-12 (kindergarten through to the end of high-school) education segment. Availability will commence from February 26th via special bid volume pricing starting at $429.
Unlike other Chromebooks already available, Lenovo's offering has an extra degree of durability with “rubber bumpers around the top cover and stronger corners to protect the Chromebook against wear and tear.” Being aimed at the education sector customisation options such as colours, asset tagging and school logo etching are available.
Running Chrome OS, the ThinkPad X131e has an 11.6 inch 1366×768 anti-glare LCD, a “latest generation Intel” processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a 16 GB SSD for storage. Connectivity options include HDMI, VGA, two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. Battery life comes in at a claimed 6.5 hours and the Chromebook will weigh 1.78 KG.
KitGuru says: With lower maintenance costs than an equivalent Windows-based laptops, expect Chromebooks such as these to sell well.