Lenovo expands into the Chromebook market with N20, N20p Chromebook series Sarah Fox May 6, 2014 Gadgets This morning Lenovo announced its first consumer Chromebooks. The company unveiled the N20 Chromebook, which serves as a more “traditional laptop” according to the company, and the N20p which Lenovo states is a “multimode Chromebook” offering two modes (laptop and stand) and a multitouch display. These new additions compliment Lenovo’s existing Chromebook portfolio, which includes the ThinkPad 11e Chromebook and the ThinkPad YOGA 11e Chromebook. According to the company’s announcement earlier today, standard benefits that come along with the Chrome experience still apply, “like fast boot times, automatic updates and tens of thousands of available apps,” but this line will also feature Lenovo’s innovative multimode design. “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.” Both Chromebooks are designed for maximum portability, at less than 17.9mm thick and weighing less than 1.4 kg. The N20 Chromebook has a clamshell design, and offers a familiar laptop feel with choice features, while the N20p Chromebook features an HD 10-point multitouch display and easily converts from Laptop to Stand mode for added flexibility and new ways to use it. The laptops are starting at $279 and $329, featuring an 11.6-in 1366×768 HD screen, users can comfortably see their work and type by using the full-sized keyboard with its oversized trackpad and attractive cool-touch palmrest. The multimode N20p Chromebook’s keyboard flexes 300° backward to convert from Laptop mode to Stand mode. Stand mode gives users a new way for watching videos up close and interacting with the 10-finger touchscreen for playing games and browsing. With up to eight hours of battery life and powered by an Intel Celeron processor with integrated graphics, users can quickly and seamlessly boot the Chromebook and immediately begin their task, whether it’s watching videos, video chatting using the high definition web cam, listening to music, surfing the web and more without bringing their power cord along. They can stay constantly connected with its WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Chromebooks also come with up to 16 GB internal and up to 100 GB of free cloud storage from Google Drive for storing digital content. Combining the Chrome experience with Lenovo’s innovative multimode Chromebook design offers an unmatched value for consumers. With the Chrome operating system, the Chromebooks boot within seconds. Chrome offers fast, automatic updates and tens of thousands of apps available via the Chrome Web Store. Users can work on their N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook offline writing email on Gmail and creating documents with Google Docs. To facilitate working with other people and devices, the Chromebooks allow for opening, editing and sharing Microsoft Word and Excel files. Users can even share their Chromebook with someone else through a guest’s personal Google account or by enabling Guest Mode, and they can enable monitoring of children’s web browsing with supervised user profiles. With the Chromebooks, users can print anywhere via Google Cloud Print, and they can employ remote desktop access to access software on their machine. Pricing for models of the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook start at $279 and $329, respectively. They will be available beginning in July and August, respectively.