The rugged ThinkPad X131e Chromebook was designed with school administrators and teachers in mind, ZDNet reports. The device can be easily controlled from the cloud and runs thousands of educational apps. The company has yet to announce pricing of the computer, but special bidding will begin for schools on Feb. 26.
Lenovo has previously made Windows-powered X131e ThinkPad for schools — which has sold out in the education market — but the company’s switch to Google OS allows students to take advantage of Google’s Apps for Education and its Chrome Web Store.
“Chromebooks are in use today by more than one thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal one-to-one device because they’re more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets,” said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management for Google’s Chrome OS.
The 3.9-pound Chromebook includes an 11-inch anti-glare display with 1366 x 786 resolution, a webcam, three USB ports, as well as both HDMI and VGA ports. Lenovo didn’t specify the name of its Intel processor or the device’s battery life, though it claimed the device lasts the duration of a school day.
The device is designed to withstand students’ wear and tear, featuring a rubber bumper, reinforced corners, and hinges that have been tested to withstand 50,000 opens and closes.