Lenovo debuts ThinkPad 11e, a kid-friendly convertible tablet with Chrome OS option

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know. When Lenovo purchased Motorola, they also announced a brand new convertible laptop. The Motorola acquisition was such huge news, though, that the new device completely fell through the cracks. Fast forward a few weeks, and the new ThinkPad 11e is going out for some tech sites to go hands on with it.

The laptop will come in four different styles, depending on the OS  you want on the device and if you’re interested in a touchscreen. You’ll be able to choose between a standard, non-touchscreen model, or a folding, Yoga-esque design with a touchscreen. Both of those models also come in two flavors for the operating system, so you’ll get to choose if you’d rather have a traditional Windows 8 computer or a Chrome OS computer. The laptops are designed for kids and students, so they’re not exactly the slickest looking devices ever made, but they do have an Intel quad-core Bay Trail CPU and a 16 GB SSD (for the Chromebooks) so they’re sure to zip right along. » Read the rest

Google targets Windows XP users with Chromebook promotion

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With the end of Windows XP support by Microsoft, Google is trying to take advantage of this opportunity by focusing more on hardware, especially the Chromebook, and to make it popular among enterprises.

The company announced today that upon buying Chromebooks for Business, it will offer a $100 discount off each managed device purchased. In addition, Google has partnered with Citrix and VMware to offer two more promotions as well. A $200 discount will be provided on Chromebooks for Business for those who buy it with VMware Desktop as a Service. Citrix is also offering a 25% discount off its Citrix XenApp Platinum Edition, which includes AppDNA software to help speed up migration from Windows XP to the newest versions.

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Google giving all Chromebook users 60 days of Play Music All Access

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Google is giving away a 60 day free trail of Google Play Music All Access to all Chromebook users, as long as they haven’t used a trial in the past. All Access allows users to listen to as much ad-free music as they want, as well as allowing users to add albums to their library.

Normally All Access runs for $9.99 per month, which certainly isn’t bad at all. If you decide you don’t like it in the end, just cancel the service.

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Samsung Chromebook 2 leaks, faux leather spans across the lid

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Yesterday, @evleaks posted an image of a mysterious Chrome-branded device that featured the same faux leather back found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And now, just a short time ago, he posted what the actual device is called and what it will look like. The Chomebook 2 is its name and it features all of that faux leather goodness on its lid. Do consumers want a massive amount of faux leather on a Chromebook? I beg to differ. But other than that, this actually looks like an attractive, slim Chromebook. » Read the rest

Close-up of a Chrome-branded device leaks, features Samsung’s faux leather

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Another unexpected leak has arrived on this Saturday afternoon. What we are looking at, courtesy of @evleaks, is a Chrome-branded device that features the same faux leather back featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Along with supplying the image, @evleaks says “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…” So what exactly is this unidentified device? More likely than not it is a Chromebook. It features Chrome’s logo alongside the Chrome name. » Read the rest

Toshiba Chromebook now available for $299, some retailers for $279

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The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?

Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!

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Lenovo announces two Chromebooks to join the ThinkPad brand, targeted at schools

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Lenovo isn’t stopping with a major purchase this week. The company has announced two new laptops to join the ThinkPad brand. And guess what, they are Chromebooks. The official series is known as 11e and it breaks down into four laptops, two of which are Chromebooks and two of which are Windows laptops.

Being that schools are the target, Lenovo has fortified them with “rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges are included to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom.” The ThinkPad 11e Chromebook is just your average Chromebook; however, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook has four modes to position it in: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Depending on what you are doing, adjusting is easy with the different modes. The non-Yoga model will have an 11.6-inch HD LED display while its flexible partner will feature a touchscreen with wider viewing angles.

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Acer unveils its newest touchscreen Chromebook in White Moonstone, costs only $299

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Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.

The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.

Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.

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Android, Chromebooks lead charge in changing commercial market for computing devices in 2013

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The NPD Group has released some sales numbers and analysis for computing devices sold in the commercial channel for Jan. – Nov. 2013 that show a changing landscape led by demand for Android and Chromebook devices. According to NPD, sales of computing devices – desktops, notebooks, and tablets – increased 25.4 percent compared to the same period for 2012. NPD notes that Chromebooks and Android tablets “collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth” for the year so far. Perhaps the most stunning number to come out of their analysis is the fact that Chromebooks now account for 21 percent of all notebook sales in this channel. With one out of every five notebooks being deployed to business and institutional buyers being a Chromebook, we should probably expect to see that start to influence the retail consumer market as well. » Read the rest

Samsung’s Next Chromebook Could Feature Exynos Octa-Core CPU and 2560×1440 Display

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Google’s Chromebooks are taking off with multiple manufacturers pushing multiple low priced options to consumers. What’s great is that we’re seeing decent specs accompanying those low price tags. Samsung looks to be raising the bar with their next generation of ARM Chromebooks. Said to feature a Exynos octa-core CPU, the device will also come with a 12 inch (possibly less) 2560×1440 display. On top of that, the device may come with either 16GB or 32GB solid state drives and 3GB of RAM. It is said to also boast about 7 hours of battery life per charge.

A lot of Google’s success with Chromebooks has had a lot to do with the sub $300 price range and has appealed to budget-conscientious folk. The new generation ARM Chromebook will be no different as it will also feature a price somewhere between $250 and $300. We’re not sure when we’ll see it released but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!

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