Lenovo has announced the new Flex 11, a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge design that allows the display to fold all the way back or at any angle in-between. This means you can use it in a few different modes laptop, tent, and tablet. This particular model, as its name suggests, sports an 11.6-inch display, as well as a durable design thanks to its drop-resistant construction. It comes with a touchscreen, of course, though its resolution is just 1,366×768. According to Lenovo Flex 11, this Chromebook can handle accidental drink spills, drops from heights up to 2.4 ft, and more.
The Lenovo Flex 11 brings a lot to the table, at least as far as Chromebooks are concerned. Joining the durable design is multi-touch support and a 2.10 Ghz quad-core ARM processor under the hood. The touchscreen will be beneficial for running Android apps from the Play Store, but unlike the rival Samsung Chromebook Plus, this device doesn’t come with support for an active digitizer, a move likely made to keep costs low.
The Lenovo Flex 11 claims to get up to 10 hours battery life. And as is becoming more and more the trend will now uses USB-C for charging which offers the utility of charging other USB-C devices as well. There’s HDMI for video, USB 3.0, a combination microphone/audio jack, and an SD card slot, as well as the USB-C port for both peripherals and charging.
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Specification
|Screen size:||11.6 inches with 10-point touch input|
|Screen resolution:||1,366 x 768|
|Maximum brightness:||250 nits|
|Processor:||ARM-based quad-core processor @ 2.1GHz|
|Memory:||4 GB LPDDR3|
|Storage:||32 GB eMMC|
|Battery:||Up to 10 hours|
|Built-in camera:||720 p HD|
|Ports:|| 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
SD card reader
1x Microphone/headphone jack
|Dimensions:||11.65 x 8.11 x 0.83 inches|
|Weight (starting):||3 pounds|
The Flex 11 is powered by a 2.10 GHz quad-core ARM processor, but Lenovo did not specify the exact processor model in its release. Lenovo claims that the processor is specifically engineered to work well with apps from both the Chrome web store and Google Play Store. The company promises that you’ll get good performance with the mobile CPU, even when running touch apps, interactive games and playing HD videos.
The Flex 11 weighs just under three pounds, which means it weighs about as much as an Ultrabook. At 11.65 × 8.11 × 0.83 inches. The Flex 11 is compact enough for travel, and slim enough to slip into a bag with ease. The display brightness is rated at 250 nits, with Ultrabooks typically averaging around 300 nits. This means that the screen should be readable indoors and under shaded conditions outdoors. At 250 nits, the display may struggle under direct sunlight.
A 720p webcam up top will be able to handle your video conferencing calls, including Google Hangouts.
Ports and Battery Life
The Lenovo Flex 11 relies on a USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging. Additionally, there is also a USB 3.0 Type-A port, single HDMI port, combination audio and microphone jack as well as an SD card slot for connectivity and expandability.
The Flex 11 is designed to last for an entire day Lenovo claims. The battery is rated for 10 hours of use so hopefully you can leave the charger at home without fear of running out of power during your day.
The new Lenovo Flex 11 is priced at $279 and will be available in end of April.