Lenovo and Acer announce two new Chrome OS devices

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It’s only the first month of 2013, and two new Chrome OS devices have already been announced: a new Chromebox by Acer and a new Chromebook by Lenovo.

This new Acer Chromebox also has the distinction of being Acer’s first Chromebox, although the company has manufactured several Chromebooks in the past. It will feature an Intel Pentium G630 processor clocked at 2.7Ghz, 2GB RAM and, in true Acer fashion, a spacious 500GB hard disk drive. There is no word on pricing or a release date yet, but we’ll keep our eyes open.

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To me, the new Lenovo Chromebook is much more interesting. This is Lenovo’s first foray into the Chrome OS arena, and so far, it doesn’t look like it will disappoint. The laptop will be branded as the Lenovo Thinkpad Chromebook (also know as the Lenovo X131e), and will feature an 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution, a 16 GB SSD, dual band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n), an  Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port, a front-facing HD camera, an HDMI port, a VGA port, and a Intel Celeron processor. Like the Samsung Chromebook on ARM, it will have up to 6.5 hours of battery life. Coming in a 1.3-inches thick, it weighs 3.9lbs (1.8kg). It will go on sale February 26 for $429.

Google is marketing Lenovo’s new Chromebook as the perfect laptop for schools, which can add management and support from Google for a one-time fee of $30.

Both of these offerings make the current selection of Chrome OS devices far more rich: individuals now have desktop and laptop choices, with varying processors, memory, and storage options. The addition of a new manufacturer is also welcome news, and will hopefully inspire even more companies to jump on the bandwagaon as Chrome OS slowly becomes more popular.

2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year indeed.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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4 thoughts on “Lenovo and Acer announce two new Chrome OS devices

  • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

    Wow, I quite like the look and hardware of Lenovo laptops, but the price seems just a bit too steep. The Celeron isn’t impressive to me, and the battery life is a little on the low side. I saw a Samsung Chromebook in Best Buy and almost bought it, but decided to wait and see if anything new came around. I would love an ARM based Lenovo quality laptop at a cheaper price, but at this point it looks like I will be getting the Samsung Chromebook.

  • Avatar of Bryan Faulkner

    We have a 160 Lenovo netbooks at the school I work for. After working on them for over a year I will never buy a Lenovo in a small form factor. Even though they might look decent, the build quality is quite bad.

    I have done so much work on them that I can completely tear one apart, and replace any part including the display or motherboard, then put it back together again in under 30 minutes.

    • That’s interesting, as I’ve heard the exact opposite regarding Lenovo’s build quality.


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