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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i: Affordable and convertible Chromebook is now purchasable for US$329.99

The IdeaPad Flex 3i comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. (Image source: Lenovo)
The IdeaPad Flex 3i comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. (Image source: Lenovo)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i, also called the Chromebook Flex 3i, is now purchasable for US$329.99. The affordable and convertible Chromebook features an 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and up to 64 GB of storage.
Alex Alderson,

Lenovo has announced a new convertible Chromebook. Confusingly marketed as the IdeaPad Flex 3i and Chromebook Flex 3i by Lenovo, the device costs US$329.99 for the 32 GB model and an additional US$10 for the 64 GB version. Both versions should eventually be available in grey and what Lenovo calls Almond, although only the latter colour can currently be ordered. Both models are shipping now, though. The Flex 3i includes the following hardware:

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i
Display 11.6-inch IPS
1,366 x 768 pixels
250 nits
Processor Intel Celeron N4020 (Gemini Lake Refresh)
RAM 4 GB LPDDR4-2400 (soldered)
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB (eMMC)
Connectivity WiFi 5
Bluetooth 4.2
720p webcam
Ports 2x USB Type-C ports
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
microSD card reader
3.5 mm headphone jack
Kensington lock slot
Misc 2x 2W speakers
3-cell 42 Wh battery
Dimensions 0.7 x 11.41 x 8.18-inches / 17.8 x 290 x 207.8 mm

The Flex 3i also has a 360-degree hinge, allowing it to be used as a tablet, a conventional laptop or in tent mode. The power and volume buttons should remain accessible regardless of the way in which you are using the device, too. The 768p display is a bit of a letdown though, especially as Lenovo has brought a higher resolution to other recent ChromeOS devices like the IdeaPad Duet. The latter is cheaper than the Flex 3i and includes a keyboard case in the box, for reference.

Nonetheless, a dual-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor and 4 GB of RAM should be powerful enough to run ChromeOS. There should be no problems with installing Android apps either. The Flex 3i will support Linux apps too, but your mileage with these may vary considering that the Flex 3i is not that powerful.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-06- 5 (Update: 2020-06- 5)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.