Lenovo to offer Chromebook ThinkPad—for schools

Interesting. You’d think the whole Chromebook concept would run counter to the ThinkPad brand—one involving stripped-down laptops running basic software, the other being all about feature-packed productivity hardware. However, ZDNet reports that Lenovo plans to offer a Chromebook version of its ThinkPad X131e notebook.

Much like the current, Intel-powered variant of the ThinkPad X131e, the Chromebook model will have an Intel processor, a 11.6" 1366×768 panel, a webcam, three USB ports, a six-cell battery, and a weight of around 3.9 lbs.

There’s no mention of what storage configuration will be offered, or of whether the Chromebook offering will have the same $619 starting price as its Windows-packing cousin. That price would be relatively hefty, considering Acer offers a basic Intel-powered Chromebook for just $199. Then again, the ThinkPad is ruggedized with rubber bumpers and a hard-drive protection mechanism, so it may survive manhandling by careless schoolkids a little better.

You may not find the X131e Chromebook in stores, though. ZDNet says Lenovo plans to offer the machine on February 26 "under special bid for school systems." The existing X131e is offered to schools, too—Lenovo mentions "custom colors, asset tags and bios modifications" for education customers—but it’s available from Lenovo’s website alongside a cheaper, AMD-powered model.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    It’s becoming covered by beautiful, beautiful red trackpoints. That’s Lenovo’s vision of the future, resistance is futile!

    • jdaven
    • 10 years ago

    What the heck is happening to the planet in that picture on the laptop screen?

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    install windows, and it’d actually be useful!

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    [url<]http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-ipad-learning-tool-kindergarten-maine-tennessee-south/story?id=14509290[/url<]

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 10 years ago

    You think a public school is actually going to let kids carry these around? Or an iPad?

    They’ll be on a cart that is brought into classrooms as needed.

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    Yeah that was my point… but you ruined it.

    • End User
    • 10 years ago

    [quote<]not religious worship of the cult of Apple.[/quote<] Lame. [quote<]Try typing up a simple book report on the iPad mini and let me know how it went two months from now when you get it done....[/quote<] So you are going to force young children to lug around a huge/heavy laptop just to have a keyboard they might need every two months? Two words - Bluetooth Keyboard

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    Cyril….when this comes out, please go and try to get arrested.

    • Teh Lurv
    • 10 years ago

    I know. Install Chrubuntu and that would be a pretty sweet Linux laptop.

    • chuckula
    • 10 years ago

    Except that the point of this device is for education, not religious worship of the cult of Apple.
    Try typing up a simple book report on the iPad mini and let me know how it went two months from now when you get it done….

    • chuckula
    • 10 years ago

    Kids need more exercise!
    Plus… compared to a single large textbook, 3.9 pounds is light.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    no. lenovo is one of only a few oem’s growing because they generally make good products at good prices.

    • albundy
    • 10 years ago

    isnt that the usual theme for thinkpads? lenovo didnt buy it out from iibm to make it cheaper…or better.

    • odizzido
    • 10 years ago

    3.9 pounds?….pretty heavy for a laptop that size? especially for one that is supposed to be for students who will be carrying them around all day.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    i agree. it’s not really a compelling product. even with a fully featured OS, it’s still not an amazing product.

    • End User
    • 10 years ago

    Educational pricing on the iPad mini 16GB is $309 USD (each in a 10 pack). The X131e Chromebook appears archaic and overpriced in comparison.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    the device is $439 USD for volume purchases.

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    Cyril… when this comes out, please go stand outside a school and try and get one of these off a kid for testing purposes…

    • Omniman
    • 10 years ago

    It actually looks like a nice machine. Too bad it will only be for schools 🙁

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