Chromebooks still sit at number two and three on Amazon’s best-selling laptop computer range, as well as 1-6 in the highest rated section, so it would make sense for a company as large as Lenovo to jump onto this market. Lenovo has released Chromebooks in the past, namely the ThinkPad 11e and Yoga 11e both for education, but the new N20 and N20p will be the first available to the general public.

I am awaiting a response from Lenovo for exact specifications and more images, however both models will feature a Celeron processor and a 1366x768 11.6-inch screen, with the N20p capable of 10-point multi-touch. Both models will come with 16GB internal NAND plus 100GB of cloud storage, as well as having what Lenovo call 'a full-sized keyboard and oversized trackpad' for ease-of-use. Lenovo mentions WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, however not the standard or the implementation. Maximum depth of the device is 17.9mm and it weighs in at 1.4 kg (3.1lbs).

The N20 is a regular laptop design, whereas the N20p will feature Lenovo’s multi-mode technology, allowing the screen to be rotated 300 degrees into a ‘stand’ mode for watching videos and interacting with others. Both workbooks will allow opening, editing and sharing Microsoft Word and Excel files, and the batteries are rated at 8 hours.

Prices will start at $279 for the N20 and $329 for the N20p, which will be available from the beginning of July and August respectively, and I expect we might see one at Computex. Actually other sources that have been up close with the device pre-launch have reported the $329 model having 4GB DRAM, and gives the WiFi as 802.11ac.

To put the price/specifications in perspective, a similar priced model on Amazon for $285 comes with the Haswell-based Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz processor, 2GB DRAM and 32GB internal storage.

Sources: Lenovo, SlashGear

Update: We have the specifications from Lenovo, but they still leave out information such as the CPU model:

Also a few more images:

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  • DIYEyal - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - link

    What about running non arm friendly software on linux? I think a celeron is a good choice. And I'd rather a 900x1440 display to keep price competitive..
  • redmatt - Friday, May 9, 2014 - link

    Appart from professional software that will not run on 2GB RAM, I don't know many non-ARM friendly Linux software...
  • FwFred - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - link

    What ARM arch SoC is going to be a better match for a Chromebook than Haswell?
  • SandraTJamerson - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - link

    Chromebooks are dependent on cloud storage and streaming content as opposed to storing content on the device itself. The RAM will usually be 2-4GB.
  • Ortanon - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - link

    I'll never grasp the concept of a Chromebook that costs more than $200. It baffles me.
  • Hrel - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - link

    If they'd release one of these with a 1080p screen for $100 more I'd probably buy that. There's just not enough screen real estate at that resolution, especially at <12". Another example of a 4" phone having a 1080p screen but we somehow can't get that as a standard in laptops.
  • vision33r - Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - link

    If you follow the Chromebook pixel which has a 3:2 screen ratio. How can they expect people to use these for browsing, reading, and thinclient work with a 16:9 low res crap?

    1080p is still not very good for reading and surfing.

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