Mainstream Chromebooks are making a comeback on the local scene, thanks to Lenovo Philippines. In a recent social media post, the company has announced plans to bring in three Chromebook models in the country.
(Update, September 20: These are indeed the confirmed Lenovo Chromebook models bound for the Philippine market!)
Although Lenovo didn’t mention which Chromebooks it will launch here, it did reveal the price for each laptop, giving us a pretty good idea of which devices we can expect to see in the near future. And no, Lenovo won’t release the popular and well-received Chromebook Duet locally, which we think is a big miss.
Lenovo Philippines’ teaser
If you’re not familiar with Chromebooks, they’re basically wallet-friendly notebooks that run on Google’s lightweight Chrome OS. Recently, Google has updated the operating system to fully support Android apps, making Chromebooks more attractive for students and users who don’t necessarily need a powerful machine and want something portable and efficient.
Anyhow, there’s the Chromebook with a P14,495 (roughly $298) price tag and fits the description of the Lenovo Chromebook C330. The C330 is a Chrome OS-based laptop featuring an 11.6-inch touchscreen on a 180-degree hinge that Lenovo is known for. It’s also powered by a MediaTek processor and comes with a full suite of ports, including two USB-C ports, an HDMI interface, and an SD card slot.
The P14,995 ($308) Chromebook is likely the successor to the C330, the Lenovo Chromebook C340. Like the model that came before it, the C340 has an 11.6-inch touch display on a flexible hinge that allows the machine to be flipped for tablet mode. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron N4000 processor, which will run most apps just fine and should provide solid performance for most of the tasks you’ll need this Chromebook to handle.
Finally, the priciest of the bunch is the P15,495 ($319) Chromebook, which matches the description of the Lenovo Chromebook S340. This machine packs a larger 14-inch full HD touchscreen in a 180-degree hinged chassis. It also runs on an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, though, so don’t expect snappy performance when jumping in and out of apps and navigating the screen.
We expect Lenovo Philippines to formally reveal the models as well as the pricing and availability for each soon, so check back every once in a while if you’re interested in any of them.
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