Lenovo Announces New 2-in-1 Flex 11 Chromebook
Lenovo fans will be happy to know that the manufacturer has announced a new 2-in-1 Chromebook, the Flex 11. It is the first time Lenovo has launched a laptop/tablet hybrid aimed at consumers and should fit in nicely with the company’s larger range of devices running Google’s Chrome OS. The Flex 11 will be launching later this month and set back consumers $280, well in line with the rest of the market.
The Flex 11 is a powerful little machine, with a SoC that has four ARM cores, a ImgTec PowerVR GX6250 graphics card and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Chromebook comes with two USB 3.0 ports (one Type-A and one Type-C) and one HDMI output. It has only 32GB of internal storage, but as Chromebook’s are in principle devices aimed as a portal to the cloud, this should meet most people’s needs. Accessing the cloud is done through the 802.11ac Wi-Fi module and the Flex 11 also has a Bluetooth adapter built in.
The 11.6-inch touchscreen is set on a 360-degree hinge to get that tablet feel and offers a resolution of 1366 by 768; the Chromebook is also highly portable as it measures just 296mm by 206mm by 21.2mm and weighs just 1.35kg (about three pounds). Besides being portable, the Flex 11 is also drop resistant and comes with an anti-spill keyboard, a rarity within its price range. It also has a 720p camera built in.
Currently, the Flex 11’s tablet functionality may be a bit limited as many Android apps do not yet work on the Chrome OS; Google has, however, promised improvement on this score and has announced that more apps will be available “soon.” That said, it seems like the Flex 11 is going to prove a great all-round experience for casual users on the go thanks to its light weight and many features.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.