Lenovo announced this Thursday their new laptop that’s designed specifically to be used in schools. The Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook costs $430 which is higher than the $200 Chromebook of Acer or the $250 Chromebook of Samsung. The company says that their model costs higher due to some unique features included such as the red trackpad nub and the rubberized rear bumper coating making it more durable. The corners and hinges have also been reinforced making it suitable for use by students.
Lenovo already has an X131e model out in the market however this runs on the Windows platform. The introduction of this Chrome OS version provides schools with a cheaper alternative to Windows laptops.
Caesar Sengupta, director of product development for the Chrome operating system, said that “Chromebooks are in use today by more than one-thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal on-to-one device because they’re more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets. Lenovo has a great reputation in schools for making durable and reliable laptops, so we’re excited to partner with them to introduce the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook.”
Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook Technical Specifications
- 11.6’’ (1366×768) display
- 1.3 inches – 3.9 lbs / 1.8 kg
- Up to 6.5 hours of battery 1
- Intel® Celeron™ processor
- 16 GB Solid State Drive
- Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet
- HD Camera
- 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
- 1x HDMI Port, 1x VGA Port
Schools who wish to avail of this model will have to bid for subscriptions with Lenovo. This includes the hardware as well as continued technical support. Various customization features will also be made available however the company hasn’t announced what this will be.
This device will become available starting February 26 in the US. Schools who will avail of this can add management and Google support for a one-time fee of $30 per device.