Lenovo is finally getting into the Chromebook game, and they’re shaking it up a little in the process. They’re releasing two Chromebooks, one of which is one of the first Chromebooks we’ve seen that has a multimode build. It’s not quite a hybrid device, but it’s a little more flexible than your average laptop.
The N20 is just the vanilla Chromebook. It has an 11.6” 1366 x 768 display, and runs Chrome OS on an Intel Celeron processor and 4 GB of RAM. So, it’s not a powerhouse, but Chromebooks rarely are – they’re made to be affordable, and this fits the mold without watering down the specs too much. Connectivity is a must with Chromebooks, though, which is why there’s Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi, the most recent standards for both. On the outside, you’ll find two USB ports, an HDMI-out port, and an SD/MMC card reader. Battery life is being put at about eight hours.
Inside, the N20p is the exact same laptop as the N20. On the outside, the N20p has a 300 degree hinge, so you can put it into stand mode for movie watching. Stand mode also tends to be a little better for using touchscreens, which is why you’ll find 10-point multitouch on the N20p’s display.
The Lenovo N20 Chromebook will arrive in July for a very low $280, while the N20p will follow in August at $330.