Trio of new Lenovo Chromebooks incoming with 8th gen silicon onboard
Lenovo is adding a trio of new Chromebooks to its range featuring Intel 8th gen silicon. Two of the three are successors to previous models (C330 and S330) equipped with the MediaTek MT8173 ARM-based quad-core chip dating back to March 2015. The new C340-11 and the S340-14 are now equipped with much more powerful Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core Gemini Lake chips offering a 50 percent performance boost over the outgoing models.
The C340-11 centers on a 11.6-inch 1336 x 768 LCD touchscreen with 250 nits of brightness. With those sorts of specs, you’ll be best using it inside, not outdoors. It will come in 4 GB/32 GB or 4 GB/64 GB configurations. On the plus side, it will have plenty of ports with two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2 USB-C ports a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack. It will come in two color options Platinum Grey and Sand Pink.
The S340-14 centers on a 180-degree 14-inch display that can lay out flat with its 180-degree hinge. It will be available in a 720 HD non-touch variant or a 1080p FHD model with touch capabilities optional. It will also come in 4 GB/32 GB and 4 GB/64 GB configs. Port selection is the same as the C340 and it will come in either Dark Orchid or Onyx Black.
The flagship model among the new additions is the C340-15. It will come with a choice of either an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U or a Kaby Lake R-based Core i3-8130U which will definitely offer more oomph although the current listings for the model only show the option of 4 GB of RAM. Storage options scale up to a pretty decent 128 GB, which is more than you will find on many Chromebooks. Keeping with its productivity focus, it will incorporate a full-size numeric keyboard along with one USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, two USB-C ports a microSD slot and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Pricing and launch details still haven’t been finalized at the time of writing.