CHINESE PC MAKER Lenovo has announced the Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook, the first convertible laptop/tablet hybrid to run Google's Chrome operating system.
Lenovo unveiled the Thinkpad 11e Chromebook along with the non-convertible Thinkpad 11e and two Windows 8.1 powered Thinkpads. It is the first Chromebook to feature a hybrid design that can transform from a laptop to a tablet.
Aimed at the classroom, the Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook is among the most durable on the market, Lenovo claims, boasting rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and stronger hinges than the average Chromebook. There's custom software onboard too, including Intel's Education suite and optional Lanschool and Webnetwork applications.
In terms of specifications, the device features an 11.6in IPS touchscreen display, an eight hour battery life, and a yet unspecified Intel processor. Lenovo has not revealed full specifications, and has yet to respond to our request for comment.
Lenovo executive director of product marketing Jerry Paradise said, "We have a proven track record of designing laptops and tablets built to last in education environments. With the new ThinkPad 11e devices, we're raising the bar with new form factors."
Lenovo has yet to announce UK availability, but has said that the convertible Thinkpad Yoga 11e will be available in the US for $449, while the traditional laptop model will be priced at $349. They will be available in both black and silver colour options, and also with optional BIOS modifications, laser engraving and custom imaging.
The Windows 8.1 powered alternatives will be available priced from $449. µ