What you have to know

  • A previously-unannounced Chromebook from Lenovo has appeared in Google’s “Omaha” servers. 
  • The machine seems because the “Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus,” and is utilizing the identical “brya” board as the present Flex 5i. 
  • There may be hypothesis that this upcoming machine might debut alongside Google’s rumored “Chromebook Plus” initiative.

Whereas there’s been a bunch of give attention to Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 occasion, the corporate might have a number of extra thrilling bulletins up its sleeve. Over the previous couple of months, we have continued to see mentions of “Chromebook Plus” or “Chromebook X” gadgets. And now, it appears that evidently Lenovo goes to be getting in on the enjoyable with a brand new Chromebook Plus machine of its personal. 

Robby Payne, over at Chrome Unboxed, first observed a brand new machine seem on cros.tech, which is an internet site that lets you see a bunch of knowledge for various ChromeOS gadgets. This consists of the presently supported software program launch, together with the board and “codename.”

The machine in query seems because the “IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus (14”, 7)” and exhibits up alongside the Flex 5i Chromebook. From this, Payne surmises that it “will probably be the present Flex 5i Chromebook with a number of beauty modifications.” So, sadly, we aren’t anticipating a lot of the identical fanfare as we noticed with the brand new gaming Chromebooks from final 12 months.

(Picture credit score: cros.tech)

Even nonetheless, Lenovo makes a few of the best Chromebooks available on the market in the present day, and that pattern will probably proceed with this new “Chromebook Plus” mannequin. There are nonetheless so many questions that have to be answered, reminiscent of some concrete reasoning behind what makes a “Flex 5i Chromebook Plus” totally different from the present Flex 5i.