Lenovo has announced a rugged laptop designed specifically for the education sector. The system runs on Google's Chrome OS and depending on its reception, could spell bigger things for the future of Google's browser-based operating system.
You might recognize the X131e moniker from the Windows-based laptop released by Lenovo last year. There's no significant change in the hardware from that system and the Chromebook version features similar specs, with the only major shift being the removal of the AMD CPU option. The laptop features an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 LED anti-glare display and users will get three USB ports, as well as VGA and HDMI connectivity. The system weighs in at 1.78 kg (3.92 lbs) and Lenovo claims the laptop's six cell battery will last “for the entire school day.”
Given its target audience, one of the biggest draws of the system is its rugged form-factor. Designed to cope with the wear and tear associated with extended school-use, the X131e features a rubberized top cover and strengthened corners. The Chromebook's hinge is also strengthened and will reportedly last for more than 50,000 open and close cycles.
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