Lenovo's new N20p Chromebooks offer two distinct advantages that separate them from their cousins. First, its 11.6-inch display is a 10-point touchscreen. Second, the N20p borrows a trick from its Yoga cousins: Its hinge can rotate up to 300 degrees so that you can prop up the Chromebook in a standing position.
It's generally been difficult to get excited about the 11-inch Chromebooks that crowd the market, and the second baseline N20 Lenovo, with no touchscreen and no 300-degree hinge, seems closer to typical for the class. It will start selling for $279 in July. The N20p will start selling for $329 in August.
Intel also said that it would design a version of its reference netbook platform for education, now powered by Chrome and its Bay Trail chip.
But that's just the beginning.
Asus announced the 11.6-inch C200 and the 13.3-inch C300, which will begin shipping this summer for an undisclosed price. Acer also announced its first Chromebook, based on the Bay Trail-M chip, and will also be available later this year.
A second class of Chromebooks will also run on the Core i3, with devices that will be priced at about $349 or so, Shenoy said. Acer and Dell will be two manufacturers that will update their Chromebook lines with new Core i3 chips, he said: Dell with a Core i3 revision of the Chromebook 11, and Acer with a new Chromebook C720. Dell didn't announce pricing, although Acer said its Chromebook would also be priced at $349.
That will include the LG Chromebase (22CV241), the first "all in one" Chrome-based desktop, first launched at CES 2014. Shenoy said that the Chromebase will ship on May 26 from a variety of retailers, for $349.
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