Lenovo to offer Chromebook ThinkPad laptop for schools

James Kendrick, ZDNet:

The folks at Lenovo are going into the Chromebook space with the announcement of a version of its ThinkPad X131e for the education market.

Samsung and Acer both make Chromebooks – small, inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome operating system, designed to work exclusively with Google’s cloud services rather than depending on local applications. Their big benefit is their cost – available to consumers for as little as $200.

The Thinkpad X131e is an 11.6-inch laptop with Intel processor, 1366 x 768 screen, USB ports and Web cam. The same laptop is already available from Lenovo for schools running Windows for $539. The article does not indicate how much less a Chromebook version would be.