Having looked on from the sidelines while several other OEMs jumped onto the Chromebook bandwagon early, Lenovo is now ready to punch its ticket into the category. Lenovo's launching two consumer Chromebook models, including a traditional clamshell N20 model and a multimode N20p featuring Laptop and Stand modes. Outside of the form factor tricks and touch support, both versions come with the same hardware specs.
Both models sport an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution; the N20p kicks it up a notch with 10-point multi-touch support. Other features include an unidentified Intel Celeron processor, integrated Intel graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3L memory, up to 16GB of eMMC storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.02, 1MP webcam, stereo speakers, audio combo jack (headphone and microphone), two USB ports, HDMI output, 2-in-1 memory card reader, and up to 8 hours of battery life.
The N20 (2.8 pounds) and N20p (3.1 pounds) measure 11.6 inches by 8.34 inches by 0.70 inches.
"Our first consumer Chromebooks perfectly complement people’s changing mobile digital lifestyles," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo. "Equipped with thousands of apps, the N20 and N20p Chromebooks are also fast, secure and incredibly simple for anyone to use and manage. With touch and two unique modes on the N20p Chromebook, users are getting a great technology experience at a handsome price."
Lenovo says the N20 will be available in July starting at $279 and the N20p in August starting at $329.