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Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD

Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD
Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD
The Flex 11 incorporates a few features found on rugged notebooks including drop resistance up to 2.4 feet and sealed keyboards, trackpads, and ports against the occasional coffee spill.

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Lenovo is no stranger to Chromebooks having released a handful of models under the familiar Yoga and ThinkPad brands. The upcoming Flex 11 can be considered a successor of sorts to the original Yoga 11e launched way back in 2014. Core specifications include:

  • 11.6-inch 768p IPS touchscreen (250 nit brightness)
  • 2.1 GHz quad-core ARM SoC
  • 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ SD reader
  • USB Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3.5 mm combo audio
  • 802.11a/g/n/ac WLAN
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 720p webcam
  • 296 x 206 x 21.2 mm
  • 1.35 kg

The new model is notable for its USB Type-C port and improved durability against the elements. Its touchpad and keyboard, for example, are sealed to prevent water damage while the chassis is able to safely withstand drops of up to 75 cm. This does not necessarily mean that the notebook can be submerged in water, however, as its water resistance is limited to spills of up to 330 mL or the equivalent of one cup of water. The manufacturer is also promising compatibility with apps from the Google Play Store later in the year.

Unfortunately, Lenovo does not specify the exact ARM processor in use and there appears to be no higher resolution display options available. Bluetooth, which is normally ubiquitous amongst always-connected devices, is also conspicuously missing from the specifications list.

The Flex 11 launches later this month for $279 USD.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-04-19 (Update: 2017-04-19)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.