Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2013 23:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Meet the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook: A fast booting, highly customizable laptop PC built with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. 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." Lenovo is the third OEM to jump into ChromeOS. Chromebooks have been doing well on Amazon, apparently, too. Android tablets, iPads, the Mac, and now Chromebooks - it must be rainy in Redmond.
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This is an unexpected move.
by dsmogor on Fri 18th Jan 2013 10:36 UTC
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

I could understand Samsung launching chromebooks.
Given their production versatility and close cooperation with Google they could afford a product they didn't believe in.
But Lenovo? They seem pretty focused (even their smartphone adventure starts to pay off) and wouldn't release something they think would almost certainly flop, esp. not in the ThinkPad brand. That means they believe chromeos is indeed into something.
Anybody knows what markets is this one targeted?

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RE: This is an unexpected move.
by dsmogor on Fri 18th Jan 2013 10:38 in reply to "This is an unexpected move."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Of course unless Chromeos is the new freedos for those OEMS.

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Unlike FreeDOS, ChromeOS is actually useful. Complete with web browsing, email, word processing etc.

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RE: This is an unexpected move.
by kwan_e on Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:57 in reply to "This is an unexpected move."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

But Lenovo? They seem pretty focused (even their smartphone adventure starts to pay off) and wouldn't release something they think would almost certainly flop, esp. not in the ThinkPad brand.


But they're selling Windows 8 machines. ;)

Maybe either Windows 8 spooked them, or they see it as an opportunity to test the market with something completely different.

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