At CES in Las Vegas, Lenovo president Jay Parker announced that the company will be expanding its Chromebook line over the coming months. Speaking to CNET, Parker said we would be seeing "multiple Chromebook models" come available by summer 2014 across varied price points and configurations.
While Lenovo already offers Chromebooks for the education sector, Parker said at this year's CES that the company feels it is a market that "will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months." Based on numbers from IDC, Lenovo is the world's largest PC vendor, so no doubt its involvement in Chromebooks could speed things up considerably.
Parker also added some updates on some of Lenovo's other businesses. The company is also looking to expand its smartphone and smart TV business into the US, but there doesn't appear to be a solid schedule at this time. Back in May of last year, the company said it would have smartphones Stateside within a year, as of right now it still can't offer "a specific timeline," only saying that the company is "interested in it being sooner rather than later."
Beyond that, we know the company is interested in and actively researching wearable technology, but has no further updates at this time. "Right now with the technology available, I'm not sure that the market is ready for it in a mass scale...We'll take a wait-and-see approach but develop our own plans," Parker said.
The HP Chromebook 11 is a new member to the Chromebook family, featuring an 11.6-inch IPS display and powered by a Samsung dual-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD. Rounding out the spec sheet are dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a pair of USB 2.0 ports plus a micro USB port for charging and video output via the SlimPort standard.
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