MWC 2018 | Lenovo's 100e/300e/500e Chromebooks are some of the toughest devices at MWC
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The Mobile World Congress is mostly dedicated to smartphones and tablets, but, in recent years, the organizers also allowed ultraportable devices like PC notebooks to be showcased at the event. Even though Lenovo has been the owner of the Motorola brand for some years now, it seems like the company will not be showing any smartphone devices at MWC this year. However, Lenovo will still be present at MWC with a few new notebook models. Among these are three affordable 11-inch ultraportables, which run Chrome OS or Windows and have a rugged case that makes them ideal even for kids.
First up is the 100e model that is powered by Intel Celeron ULV CPUs coupled with 4 GB of RAM and integrates 32 GB of internal storage, as well as an anti-glare 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display. It also includes an USB Type-C port and a microSD card reader among the connectivity features, plus it comes with reinforced ports / hinges, a spill-resistant keyboard and a solid case that withstands drops from up to 2.5 ft.
The 300e and 500e feature slightly higher prices as they actually are 2-in-1 convertible models that integrate touchscreens with stylus support. The innovative part of these two models is the machine learning tech and algorithms provided by Google in order to predict the movements of the stylus and eliminate lag. The 300e is powered by a MediaTek SoC and GPU coupled with 4 GB RAM / 32 GB storage and it appears to be the only model sporting an HDMI port. The 500e is still powered by Intel’s Celeron CPUs, but it can integrate up to 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
The three new Chromebooks will be available some time in March with prices starting at US$219 (100e), US$279 (300e) and US$349 (500e).
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