Lenovo is launching 4 new portable notebooks and convertibles aimed at education. The Lenovo ThinkPad 11e line of devices feature rubber bumpers and rugged cases, 11.6 inch touchscreen displays, and Intel processors.
All 4 models will launch this spring with prices expected to start at $349 for two models featuring Google Chrome OS software and $449 for the Windows models.
Here’s a quick run-down of the new devices:
- Lenovo ThinkPad 11e
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e
- Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook
The Yoga models are 2-in-1 tablet/notebook hybrids. Open the lid and you can start typing away as if you were using a laptop. Push the lid back 360 degrees so that it’s opposite the keyboard, and you can hold these devices like tablets.
That kind of makes the Yoga 11e Chromebook the first Chrome OS tablet — although it won’t be the first touchscreen Chrome OS device. Acer and Google already offer Chromebooks with touchscreen displays.
Lenovo says the ThinkPad 11e devices will get “all-day” battery life, with the Chromebookrunning for “more than 8 hours.”
Schools will be able to choose from black or silver models, and the computers can be customized with optional features such as custom engraving or BIOS modification