A new Lenovo Chromebook is out in the market. It features generous storage space, a bigger screen, and a powerful processor as well.
Lenovo is a prominent hardware partner of Google’s ChromeOS. Lenovo Chromebooks are some of the most powerful pieces of hardware that are currently available in the market. Its newest iteration features an 11-inch screen, a two-tone color scheme, and a price tag of $229.
Under the hood of Lenovo Chromebook 3
The new Chromebook from Lenovo packs an Intel Celeron N4020. This processor is part of the Gemini Lake-R family, so it is fairly new. While not exactly a computing beast, it is more than capable of handling a Chromebook workload.
Complementing the processor is a 4GB LPDDR4 of memory. Perhaps the most surprising upgrade to this new hardware is the 64GB eMMC storage. Most Chromebooks only have 32GB of storage, so this is a welcome upgrade from Lenovo.
For a body that is relatively thin and lightweight, Lenovo can pack a lot of features. It has two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD card reader, and a headphone/mic combo port.
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On the software side, the Lenovo Chromebook 3 comes with some standard features. As expected, it runs on ChromeOS. However, it also supports both Android and Linux applications. This is a welcome addition, as ChromeOS only has a limited suite of software tools at its disposal.
The Lenovo Chromebook 3 has an auto-update and full support feature until June 2026. This Chromebook should be adequate for simple daily tasks like checking emails and web browsing.
A handful of shortcomings
Chromebooks are not exactly known as robust workstations. For one, the Chromebook 3 only has an 11-inch display. While this is adequate, it only supports up to 1366×769 resolution. Additionally, the screen has a maximum brightness setting of just 250 nits.
On the other hand, the screen is foldable by up to 180-degrees. The screen is neat for its size, but it does not have touch support. This is underwhelming since many Chromebooks have this kind of support.
Weighing in at just a little over a kilogram, this new Chromebook is very light. This makes it an excellent companion for users who need their machines to be highly portable.
For $229, the Lenovo Chromebook 3 is fairly expensive, especially when compared to other options on the market. Its only noticeable upgrade is with its storage, while the rest of its specs are fairly common.
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