Lenovo polishes the Chrome

The maker of the Stinkpad, Lenovo has thrown its considerable weight behind Google’s Chromebook plans and announced it is putting a few of its own into the shops.

Lenovo has stayed out of Chromebooks and watched while its rivals tried the concept out, but now it seems that it thinks that there is “gold in them thar hills”.

Lenovo’s launching two consumer Chromebook models, including a traditional clamshell N20 model and a multimode N20p featuring Laptop and Stand modes.

Both models have an 11.6-inch display with a 1366×768 resolution but the N20p has 10-point multi-touch support. Other features include an unidentified Intel Celeron processor, integrated Intel graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3L memory, up to 16GB of eMMC storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.02, 1MP webcam, stereo speakers, audio combo jack (headphone and microphone), two USB ports, HDMI output, 2-in-1 memory card reader, and up to 8 hours of battery life.

The N20 is lighter at 2.8 pounds while the N20p weighs 3.1 pounds. The N20P is hyperflexibile. 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 lying face down and acting as a stand for the 10-point, touch screen.

Dilip Bhatia, vice president, worldwide marketing and design, PC Group, Lenovo said that the company’s first consumer Chromebooks were packed with thousands of apps. They were both fast, secure and incredibly simple for anyone to use and manage.

Lenovo says the N20 will be available in July starting at $279 and the N20p in August starting at $329.