Lenovo joined the Chromebook laptop arena last year with devices that catered to the education industry and built for durability. Today, Lenovo has announced a new pair of Chromebooks – the N20 and N20p – now targeted at the general consumer market. The two new devices were revealed at a joint event with Intel today along with other Chromebook releases from competing brands.
The N20 and N20p both have an 11.6-inch 720p resolution screen and have similar specs with the only big difference between the two is that the N20p features a touch-screen display as well as the capability to flip back up to 300-degrees which gives the Chromebook three modes – Tent, Stand, and Laptop – similar to the company’s Yoga line of laptops without the ability to flip all the way back 360-degrees. The body of both new Chromebooks from Lenovo will feature a full plastic construction which includes the devices’ hinges but Lenovo has assured consumers that the N20 and N20p’s hinges are rated for 25,000 actuations.
Both models share similar internals including quad-core Haswell-based processors, up to 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Both Chromebooks also feature a full-size keyboard, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 2-in-1 card reader, and an estimated battery life of up to 8 hours. For connectivity, the N20 and N20p support Bluetooth 4.0.2 and 802.11ac WiFi although Lenovo is also considering coming out with 3G-capable variants of the new Chromebooks.
While the specifications and build of the N20 and N20p seem underwhelming these devices were designed to cater to those looking for an affordable straightforward laptop for web browsing, e-mail reading and writing, and basic word processing. Chromebooks have slowly become more popular in the industry allowing device manufacturers to design and produce inexpensive easy-to-use devices. Other manufacturers who also unveiled Chrome OS-based devices at the event include Acer, Dell, and ASUS.
The N20 Chromebook laptop will be available sometime in July at a suggested retail price of $279 while the N20p is scheduled to come out in August for $329.