Lenovo Chooses Broadwell for Education Upgrades

An update to Lenovo’s Thinkpad 11e Chromebook series was announced at BETT. The device is available as a notebook or a convertible, with stand, laptop, tent and tablet modes. Optionally, the Thinkpad supports the Activepen stylus and Lenovo’s Writeit and Reachit software.

Durability was important when designing the Thinkpad, as students are known to treat their notebooks roughly. The new model meets military specifications and is subject to 11 testing methods and 19 procedures, including withstanding sand and dust, low and high temperatures, humidity and shocks.

Fifth-generation (Broadwell) Core processors are installed in the new Thinkpad 11e and Thinkpad Yoga 11e. The former device is also available with AMD processors. Both models have an 11.6″ display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 on the Yoga version.

EMEA availability will begin in April. The Thinkpad will start at €350 and the Thinkpad Yoga at €540, ex VAT.

We also saw the Helix 2, with a 12.5″ HD display. It is a notebook with a fanless design – like the Thinkpad, using Broadwell processors (Core i7). There were no details about a release date, though.