Lenovo Flex 11 Combines a Chromebook and a Tablet

Lenovo today announced its latest edition to their Chromebook lineup called the Flex 11.

You can twist and turn this lightweight 11-incher's 360-degree hinge for use in Tablet, Tent, Watch and of course, Laptop Mode, with a water-resistant keyboard always on hand for respectable productivity. 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.

Starting at $279 (about £220, AU$370) when it hits stores later this month, the Flex 11 Chromebook comes housing an 11.6-inch, IPS touch display with a barely-HD 1,366 by 768 resolution, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage - all powered by a 2.1GHz quad-core ARM processor. And even if you do drop the device, Lenovo says that it can easily survive falls from a height of up to 2.4 feet.

Combine the massive library of Chrome and Android apps with a device that doubles as both a laptop and tablet along with USB Type-C connectivity and what Lenovo claims is "up to 10-hour battery life". It's rigged for improved drop-resistance, has a sealed touchpad, and a water-resistant keyboard, ideal for taking your work down to the beach.

Along with that, the Flex 11 is packing a standard set of other features.

The Flex 11, like a lot of Lenovo's recent offerings, especially focuses on eliminating that last concern.

The Flex 11 weighs just under three pounds, which means it weighs about as much as an Ultrabook. At 250 nits, the display may struggle under direct sunlight.

The Flex 11 is built ruggedly.

The Flex 11 is created to last for an entire day, Lenovo claims.

  • Arturo Norris