The world’s first gaming Chromebook by Lenovo
According to JBQ , A few days ago was Google’s announcement of shutting down Stadia until January 2023. The decision, while unfortunately expected, also caught many by surprise – including game developers who were days or weeks away from releasing their titles. But there may be a glimmer of hope for gaming enthusiasts in the Google ecosystem. Lenovo is apparently preparing a “gaming”-based Chromebook, aptly named the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook.
This yet-to-be announced gaming Chromebook features a 16 inch 1440p display with a fast 120 Hertz refresh rate, four speakers with Waves Maxx Audio, a full-size four zone RGB keyboard, and eye-catching graphics on the lid. It looks like a gaming laptop so far, but the rest of the specs are weak. The top configuration is apparently the Intel Core i5 1235U, and the entry-level model uses the Intel Core i3 1215U. The details of this interesting but satisfactory Chromebook are 8 GB of memory and up to 512 GB of storage space.
The timing of Chromebook gaming is also disappointing, as Google recently announced that its Stadia cloud gaming system will be killed off soon. However, there are still cloud gaming options that work well with this Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook, such as GeForce Now and Amazon Luna. Google is also apparently still working on Steam for ChromeOS. Since most Chromebooks can run Android, you can also play games designed for smartphones and tablets.
That means there’s still value in a budget gaming Chromebook, but serious gamers will probably want to stick with Windows laptops to get the full speed and resolution needed for fast performance and crisp visuals.
JBQ says, the reveal comes thanks to some folks digging around at Chrome Unboxed, who also managed to unearth what appears to be a brief demo video of the device.
Additionally, we have been treated to official images of the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook, including one that highlights the 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard (pictured above).
It has a 16-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 with a refresh rate of 120 Hertz. That makes it comparable to the IdeaPad 5i Chromebook that Lenovo introduced at IFA last month.
Additionally, the company’s gaming Chromebook will likely be available with two CPU variants Intel Core i3 1215U or Intel Core i5 1235U.
It’s worth noting that the aforementioned IdeaPad 5i Chromebook also has a Core i3 1215U processor, though it can’t handle gaming services like Steam for ChromeOS. Chrome Unboxed speculates that the Core i5 variant could be marketed as a viable option for Steam games, while the Core i3 model may be pushed towards cloud gaming services. The adapters of this laptop was fast and secure.
Rounding out the hardware specs sheet, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook will have up to 8GB of RAM along with up to 512GB of NVMe storage. The input/output section includes two USB Type C ports and two USB Type A ports, plus four stereo speakers (2 Watts each) powered by Waves MaxxAudio and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Gaming Headphone was very good for play game with your laptop.
Information about pricing or availability is unavailable at the moment, though we expect Lenovo to share more details on this gaming Chromebook imminently. The Gaming Accessories was Available in our website.
Over the past year or so, we’ve been tracking more and more evidence that “gaming” Chromebooks are on the horizon. Work began with work to bring RGB keyboards to Chromebooks, and more recently we’ve seen the addition of 120 Hertz displays and variable refresh rates to the Chromium tank. The 120 Hertz display was made official earlier this month when Lenovo announced its upcoming IdeaPad 5i Chromebook. While exciting, the Chromebook offered little innovation in gaming outside of the screen. These low-end 12th generation Intel processors have strong specs, but they are definitely not aimed at gamers.
Today, Lenovo quietly let a new Chromebook slip on the company’s product specification reference website, and this one is designed specifically for ChromeOS gamers. As far as the “game” is actually in the name of the product. Yes, here we have the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook. Check out this little demo video I found.
OK. Before we get into the details of this new and very unique Chromebook, I need to qualify my title. I put “gaming” in parentheses because there isn’t much about the internals of this machine that really sets it apart from other 12th gen Intel Chromebooks on the market. However, this premium laptop has features that should surely appeal to the gaming-oriented user.
So, the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i gaming Chromebook that was announced earlier this month has not been released or announced. You get a 16 inch QHD display with a 120 Hertz refresh rate in a foldable chassis with two USB Type C ports, two USB Type A ports and a MicroSD card slot. The difference between the two devices is what makes the new IdeaPad so much more desirable for gamers.
For starters, the Lenovo Gaming Chromebook is equipped with four speakers instead of two, which creates a more immersive audio experience. Then, you have a full-sized RGB keyboard with an integrated numeric keypad. This style of keyboard is very popular among gamers, and Google is working on supporting RGB keyboard controls directly from the ChromeOS settings menu. Then there is the exterior of the device. The top is aluminum and the bottom is plastic, which is standard for many Lenovo Chromebooks, but the lid has a unique design that definitely sets it apart from your standard ChromeOS laptop.
I’m sure we’ll get more details on the design and styling of this new Chromebook when Lenovo makes it official. By the way, I just enjoy the look of this thing. Will this be the most powerful Chromebook on the market? negative response. In fact, the Framework’s recently announced modular Chromebook will probably top the list for now because it’s powered by a 16-thread Intel P-series processor. That said, the Lenovo Gaming Chromebook has 12th generation Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors. The latter is equipped with Iris Xe graphics. As we learned, this chip is powerful enough to handle Steam games. When Google brings Steam to the Core i3, I have no doubt it will handle most games just fine.
It’s possible that Lenovo could market the Core i3 model as a “cloud gaming” device and the Core i5 as a laptop for those who want to play Steam games. Again, we’ll have to wait for those details to be announced. Until then, here’s a look at the specs of what could be the world’s first Chromebook designed for gamers.
Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad 5 gaming Chromebook
2. Intel Core i3-1215U or Intel Core i5-1235U
3. 8 GB of RAM
4. Up to 512 GB of NVMe memory
5. 16 inch 2.5K (2560×1600) IPS 350nits anti-glare, 120Hz, 100% sRGB, TÜV low blue light
6. 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard
7. Aluminum top
8. FHD webcam with privacy shutter
9. 2 x USB-C
10. 2 x USB-A
12. sound jack
13. Stereo speakers, 2W x4, optimized with Waves MaxxAudio
14. Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1
I hope that we won’t have to wait too long to hear more about this exciting new Chromebook. We will definitely be contacting Lenovo to get one for review as soon as possible. Stay with us in the future.