The largest PC maker in the world is planning a big Chromebook push for the summer

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 9, 2014

Lenovo Vibe Z first look hands on rear

Lenovo will release new Chromebook models at multiple price points this summer, a company executive revealed.

In 2013, Chromebooks went from being just a faint blip on the radar of consumers, to being a slightly brighter blip with a promising future. Big PC makers like Dell and HP have added Chrome OS powered devices to their lineups, and overall, product awareness just increased, to the point that Chromebooks scored two of the top three places on Amazon’s bestselling list.

Lenovo launched its first Chromebook in January of last year, but the device was only sold in the educational market. Now the Chinese company, the largest PC vendor in the world, is ready for a serious push, Jay Parker, president of Lenovo in North America told CNET during CES. For this summer, Lenovo plans “multiple Chromebook models” that will cover multiple configurations and price levels, said the exec.

we believe the market will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months

Parker is optimistic for the evolution of Chrome OS devices: “I think Chromebooks can be very impactful in the market really quickly […] we believe the market will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months.”

Chromebooks have been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise desolate landscape for the PC industry, which has been facing a drastic contraction, as more people are turning to their smartphone and tablets for their basic computing needs.

As for smartphones and tablets, the exec refused to say when Lenovo would finally tackle the US market, but the goal is to make it “sooner rather than later.” Lenovo introduced its first LTE-enabled phone, the Vibe Z, earlier this week at CES.

  • raj

    This is gonna be huge

    • A googler

      Stop playing with it then!

  • Luka Mlinar

    This is gonna blow up in their face big time :D

    • wat


      • MasterMuffin

        No yup

        • wat

          See you in a year when they have sold over 100k of them

    • WestFiasco

      Why are you so positive about that?

      • Luka Mlinar

        Because chromebooks are useless. Sure they will handle 95% or more of our needs but being in a situation where you need that bit extra will frustrate the hell out of you. This thing can only work as a secondary PC in a home. And it’s not like there’s a big market for that. Also the thing costs a lot so there is no real reason to buy it in the first place. Laptops are dirt cheap these days.

        • raj

          You missed one most important point
          ” Chromebooks scored two of the top three places on Amazon’s bestselling list.”

          • Luka Mlinar

            I mean i might be wrong on this but it’s not something i would bet my company’s future on.

          • K

            You said it wll handle 95% of the tasks. Most people still use less than 70% of the tasks a computer can do.
            So imagine. Also with more and more companies producing more and more chromebooks the prices will fall even furthur. Also chrome OS is not still…it is getting more useful every year

  • symbolset

    2014 Is a big transition year.

  • Joachim Nilsson

    Ah, 2014 … the year of the Linux desktop! ;-)

    He said, from behind the screen of his Linux desktop since almost 20 years …

    • Vakama75

      Funny I read that comment every year ;-)
      Event if chrome os is linux we can not really call that a desktop …
      (I think that linux is good, but I like every system)

      • Mike Reid

        2013 was the year of Android. Android on “sorta” Linux, diverging from the REAL linux kernel more and more. EG. Bluedroid instead of Bluez for Bluetooth.

        Chrome can go the same way, starting on a Linux kernel, or perhaps the Android variant of Linux, and each year becoming more it’s own distinct thing, or just tracking the Android Linux.

  • needa

    oems need to start putting a bit more horsepower in these things. the c720 is bad ass. it seems just as fast at browsing as my third gen i5 laptop in 99% of all situations. but it needs a bit more grunt for the chromecast. its not bad… but it takes a few seconds longer to load and there are voice syncing issues when streaming megashare.
    after owning this chromebook for twelve hours… i would easily plop another hundred bucks down for something along these lines. this thing is great.