Lenovo may be preparing several Chromebooks for May release

By on January 15, 2013, 11:07 AM

Rumor has it that one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world is preparing to release a Chromebook in just a few short months. It’s widely known that Acer and Samsung have similar machines based on Google’s popular OS but now according to TheStreet, we can also add Lenovo’s name to the mix.

Some would likely argue that Lenovo jumping into the fray is more compelling than Acer and Samsung’s involvement combined due to their reputation as a provider of business / enterprise-class systems. It would be a huge boon for Lenovo if they could get business users on board with the idea of a low cost notebook solution.

The publication believes that Lenovo could begin selling a Chromebook as early as May 16 (seems like a pretty specific date) starting at just $299. A machine with beefier specifications could push that price tag up to $499. We’re told to look for screen sizes of 11.6- inch, 12.5-inch, 13-inch and 14-inch. As Neowin points out, it’s one thing to test the waters with a single Chromebook but the idea that Lenovo could release several models shows they are truly committed to the idea.

While there’s little reason for Microsoft to be concerned at this point, that could easily change in the next few quarters should the Chromebook revolution actually pick up steam. It’s all reminiscent of the netbook trend from a few years ago but as we all know, that train left the station many moons ago and hasn’t looked back. Could the Chromebook be the new and more successful netbook?




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Chazz said:

"Google's popular OS" "should the Chromebook revolution actually pick up steam."

Are you serious with this or is this a joke? Read your Microsoft articles and then read your Google articles and tell me why you guys can't produce articles without having a positive tone for one of those companies and repeated negative tones/articles for the other company. I honestly don't understand why this happens. Why was the Windows Phone 8 reboot bug reported but not the Jelly Bean reboot bug? It's laughable.

Macjt Macjt said:

"Google's popular OS" "should the Chromebook revolution actually pick up steam."

Are you serious with this or is this a joke? Read your Microsoft articles and then read your Google articles and tell me why you guys can't produce articles without having a positive tone for one of those companies and repeated negative tones/articles for the other company. I honestly don't understand why this happens. Why was the Windows Phone 8 reboot bug reported but not the Jelly Bean reboot bug? It's laughable.

Perhaps because Google fixed the issue whereas Microsofts fix caused more issues as usual.

nkrulish2 nkrulish2 said:

The success of Chromebooks is dependent upon price-point (& the obvious performance questions). With the release of PARCC, chromebooks could become part of a revolution, but only if access to these devices remains under $300. If Lenovo charges over $300, then you have to start asking yourself, why not just get everything a chromebook offers plus a hard-drive by purchasing a windows-based laptop? Laptops with hard-drives are becoming incredibly cheap so the pricing of a Chromebook is tricky...

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