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New Chrome OS Devices for Early 2013 [Updated]

Today, both Acer and Lenovo have announced that they will be releasing new Chrome OS devices within the next few weeks. Lenovo enters this market for the first time with their own Chromebook, while Acer adds a Chromebox to their Chrome OS line-up.

Lenovo have been a popular laptop manufacturer for many years, mainly providing Windows laptops for the enterprise market. Today, sees Lenovo expand their brand by release a Chromebook.

The Lenovo X131e, will feature a 11.6 inch display (1366 x 768) with an Intel processor.

This Chromebook will feature a rugged design with a bumper around the edge and the hinges are extra sturdy. The X131e will also feature HDMI and VGA ports, a webcam, and a battery that Lenovo says will last “the entire school day.” 

The keyboard feature a’star’ key, which can be configured to do different action and a dedicated key for screen lock. Thanks to François Beaufort for the early heads up!

Lenovo’s Chromebook will be released on February 26th.

Update! Google have now provided the official specs and images for the Lenovo X131e Chromebook. The price has also been confirmed, $429 in United States, no details on other regions.

  • 11.6’’ (1366×768) display
  • 1.3 inches – 3.9 lbs / 1.8 kg
  • Up to 6.5 hours of battery
  • Intel® Celeron™ processor
  • 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Ethernet
  • HD Camera
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI Port, 1x VGA Port

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Acer has been in the Chrome OS market since it was launched by Google back in 2011. Since then, Acer has released two Chromebooks, the AC700 and the C7. Today, Acer has added a Chromebox to its line-up. The Acer Chromebook will feature an Intel Pentium G630 2.7Ghz, 2GB RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive.

No details on pricing or release date yet.

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