LENOVO HAS ADDED its first consumer Chromebooks to its laptop line-up, the Lenovo N20 and N20p, joining the ranks of similar devices from rival technology companies such as Samsung, Acer, Toshiba and HP.
However, Lenovo's latest offerings come with a twist, quite literally. The Lenovo N20p has a design similar to the firm's Flex laptops that run Windows 8, with a multimode design featuring Laptop and Stand modes. So while the Lenovo N20 Chromebook features a traditional laptop design, the multimode N20p Chromebook's keyboard flexes 300 degrees backward to convert from Laptop mode to Stand mode.
"These devices offer consumers choices of two ways to enjoy the Chrome experience in a thin and light form factor with a set of comprehensive technologies," Lenovo said.
Designed to be portable, both Chromebooks measure 17.9mm thick and weigh less than 1.4kg. Both have an 11.6in 1366x768 HD touchscreen display, which also supports multi-touch.
There's also a full-sized keyboard with what Lenovo calls "an oversized trackpad" and a "cool-touch palmrest" built into the chassis.
The Lenovo N20 and N20p have a battery life of up to eight hours and are powered by an Intel Celeron processor with integrated graphics. The Chromebooks also come with up to 16GB of internal storage and up to 100GB of free cloud storage from Google Drive for storing digital content.
Pricing for the N20 and N20p models starts at $279 and $329, or about £170 and £200, respectively. They will also be available beginning in July and August, respectively. µ