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After Samsung and Acer, now its Lenovo's turn to enter the Chrome OS market. Recently world's leading PC maker has announced the launch of the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook variant for K-12 education, that is for school children. As claimed by the company, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage.
According to the company's press release, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available starting February 26 via special bid. Further, as far as features are concerned, the 11.6-inch X131e laptop features an Intel processor, a 1366x768 HD LED anti-glare screen, and three USB ports. At less than four pounds1 and battery life for the entire school day, students can easily carry the laptop between classes without the need to recharge.
"The ThinkPad X131e has proven to be very successful in education environments," said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing, ThinkPad Product Group. "With the rugged features we added to the X131e, we've seen reduced failure rates in the field. This is a huge benefit to schools and students. We're pleased to be able to offer this hardened ThinkPad Chromebook as a great computer for schools."
Further, Lenovo's ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will also offer HDMI and VGA port so students can use their own devices to give presentations if needed. In addition to that, Lenovo will offer custom colors, tagging services and logo etching for schools who purchase the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. The custom colors and logo etching make it easier to know that each Chromebook belongs to the school, while tagging services make them easier to track when left on a bus or in school.
Moving ahead, Google Apps for Education, access to Chrome Web Store, low-light webcam, WiFi connectivity are some other features of the device.
"Chromebooks are in use today by more than one-thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal on-to-one device because they're more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets," said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management, Chrome OS, Google. "Lenovo has a great reputation in schools for making durable and reliable laptops, so we're excited to partner with them to introduce the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook."