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The new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook is a 14 inch ChromeOS notebook with a few features that help set it apart from entry-level Chromebooks. It’s available with up to a full HD IPS LCD touchscreen display, front-facing speakers, and a full-function USB-C port that can be used for charging, data, and video output.
But this isn’t exactly a premium Chromebook. It’s powered by a MediaTek Kompanio 500 processor, which is designed for entry-level Chromebooks. First announced during Mobile World Congress in February, the Ideapad Slim 3 Chromebook is now available from Best Buy for $319.
The model available from Best Best Buy features 4GB of LPDDR4x-3733 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. It has a 14 inch FHD touchscreen IPS LCD display and the laptop measures 13.2″ x 8.7″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 2.9 pounds.
It has USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C and Type-A ports, a headphone jack and microSD card reader and comes with a 45 Wh charger.
Lenovo says other models may also be available with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a low-resolution 1366 x 768 pixel non-touch TN display with limited viewing angles. or a 1080p non-touch TN display.
All models feature MediaTek’s Kompanio 500 processor, which is an octa-core chip with four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores and four Cortex-A53 cores that all top out at 2 GHz. It also features 800 MHz ARM Mali-G72 graphics and a 2-core AI processing unit with up to 0.5 TOPs of performance.
The laptop’s other features include 720p and FHD webcam options (with a physical shutter), a dedicated mute key, and a 170 degree hinge that lets you push the display way back.
Lenovo says the notebook weighs about 1.3 kg (2.9 pounds) and has “an all-day battery” good for up to 13.5 hours of run time under ideal conditions.
This article was first published February 26, 2023 and most recently updated March 28, 2023.