Recently, Lenovo unveiled three new Chromebooks tailored for the education market, and now at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, is making the trio of devices available to a wider consumer base.
The new Lenovo 100e, 300e, and 500e Chromebooks share the same features that made them popular in the classroom. As with most of Lenovo’s offerings, all three come with the Yoga 360-degree hinge for flexibility in form factor.
Like the classroom variant, the consumer-friendly devices can take a beating. They come fitted with rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and hinges, and spill-resistant keyboards. They are also drop-resistant from heights of up to 29.5 inches. Likewise, they come installed with Chrome OS.
The entry-level 100e Chromebook fits in the fundamental basics into an affordable price. It sports an Intel Celeron N3350 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMc of internal storage. Its 11.6-inch HD anti-glare screen churns out a 1366 x 768 resolution. The laptop’s 42Wh battery boasts up to 10 hours of runtime.
The Lenovo 100e Chromebook will be available starting in March. It will retail for US$ 219.
Meanwhile, the midrange 300e Chromebook enjoys a new feature: Lenovo’s Enhanced Touch. Unlike most touchscreens today, the 300e can use everyday writing implements as a stylus. In Barcelona, our team used an ordinary pencil in lieu of a stylus and it worked like a charm. We found it pretty impressive that the graphite on the pencil didn’t leave marks on the display (and nope you can’t flip the pencil around to erase your doodle).
The 300e rocks a MediaTek MTK 8173C chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMc of internal storage. It comes powered by a 45Wh battery that can last up to 10 hours of usage.
The Lenovo 300e Chromebook is now available in authorized stores. It retails for US$ 279.
Finally, the 500e Chromebook flaunts a responsive, pressure-sensitive EMR pen that fits snugly into a built-in compartment. The pen writing experience on this model, is closer to higher-end all-in-ones (vs the 300e) because of its pressure sensitivity. The pen boasts of lag-free writing, powered by predictive technology that tells where you’re about to write next.
Lenovo engineered the 500e with an Intel Celeron N3450 chip, up to 8GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMc of internal storage. It touts a front-facing camera, and its 42Wh battery churns out up to 10 hours of usage.
The Lenovo 500e Chromebook is now available everywhere. It retails for US$ 349.
Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays
Up your business game with these new devices
Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.
Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.
The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.
All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.
Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.
New ThinkVision displays
Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.
The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.
Apple discontinues the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air
Both models are gone from Apple’s online store
Apple is discontinuing the 12-inch Macbook which was announced and sold by Apple four years ago. The company is also killing off the 2017 Macbook Air.
The 12-inch Macbook was introduced in 2015. The controversial and highly-divisive laptop features a 12-inch Retina display, an Intel Y-series processor, and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, the 2017 Macbook Air was a refresh of the second-generation Macbook Air featuring a 13-inch non-Retina display, an Intel 5th-generation processor, and USB-A ports with a MagSafe connector.
As it stands, both the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air are not available anymore at Apple’s online store. The move by Apple follows its recent revamping of its Macbook lineup. Following the recent revamp, both the third-generation Macbook Air and Macbook Pro receive substantial updates and lower price tags.
Starting today, only the third-generation Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro is available to purchase from the online store. However, Apple authorized resellers and physical stores might still sell the discontinued products until their supplies last.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates
There’s a back-to-school promo!
Apple’s latest updates on its MacBooks stream lines their laptop line which may have appeared confusing for a time. The 12-inch MacBook is now officially dead and refreshes to both the MacBook Pro base model as well as the MacBook Air creates a clearer distinction between the notebooks.
The Touch Bar Line
Beginning with this refresh all MacBook Pros will now feature a Touch Bar as well as Touch ID. These were only previously available to Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (upgradeable up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup.
If you’re yearning for more ports, you’ll be disappointed as this model will continue to have only two USB-C ports instead of four that’s found on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air’s new display
Apple has also updated the MacBook Air adding the True Tone display technology to keep it in line the company’s other devices. The tech automatically adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient light to achieve more natural colors. The specs remain the same meaning the MacBook Air will continue to be powered by Intel’s dual-core 8th Gen i5.
Both devices are part of Apple’s back-to-school promotion that can be availed by higher education students, their parents, faculty, staff and home-school teachers through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad, as well as education discounts on qualifying Mac, iPad, AppleCare, select accessories and services.
As part of the promo, the MacBook Air will start at US$ 999 and SG$1,449 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the base model MacBook Pro will start at
$1,199 in the US while it’s priced at SG$ 1,749 in Singapore.
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