Lenovo has just announced the release dates and feature sets of its two latest Chromebook iterations ahead of today's press conference and there's something for everyone in the offering.
The new N-series of Chromebooks is comprised of the conventional clam-shell N20 and the more flexible N20P. Both offer the latest auto-updated version of Chrome OS running on Cleron processors, sport 720p 11.6-inch monitors, 4GB of DDR3L RAM, three-second boot times, and the standard 16 GB internal solid state storage with 100GB of Google Drive space. Bluetooth 4.02, a full-size keyboard, 8-hour battery life, a pair of USB ports, HDMI, and a 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader all come standard as well. That's a roughly equivalent capability as the Acer 720, which is widely regarded as the best Chromebook on the market right now.
However, the N20P upgrade immediately sets itself apart from both the N20 and all other Chromebooks with its hyperflexibility. Rather than stop at 120 degrees as most clamshell laptops do, the N20P can continue to curl back upon itself—a full 300 degrees—until its keyboard half is laying face down and acting as a stand for the 10-point, touch screen, like the Yoga. At 1.4 kilos, the N20P is a touch heavier than N20, which itself weighs a scant 1.2 kilos. They will be available in July and August through the Lenovo website for $279 and $329, respectively. Those prices would equate to £167 and £194 on a straight USD to GBP conversion, with the actual UK prices likely to be slightly more, taking into account taxes and duty.
We're also hearing some rumblings of a special announcement during tomorrow's press conference. However the current round of rumuors of a possible full-flippable chrome OS tablet-top, or perhaps a Pixel update (and hopefully a price cut), or another new series of Chromebooks potentially running Intel's latest broadwell chips all seem more shots-in-the-dark that tips from those-in-the-know.
Lenovo haven't announced the exact shipping date for the Chromebooks, but the models will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Netherlands.