what you need to know
- A new leak gives us a look at the “world’s first ‘gaming’ Chromebook”.
- The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook has been leaked showing its full design and specs.
- This will be the first Chromebook designed for gaming, complete with an RGB keyboard and a 120Hz refresh rate.
We sympathize with those of you who have enjoyed using Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service as this is just the latest product to be shut down. Thankfully, there are plenty of great alternatives out there, like Xbox Game Pass, Sony’s PlayStation, and others. But there’s nothing quite like being able to play your favorite games locally on your device, even if it’s a Chromebook.
Thanks to the eagle eyes at ChromeUnboxed, it looks like Lenovo is gearing up to launch the “world’s first gaming Chromebook.” The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook will be the name, and it’s packed with plenty of power and features to entice potential gamers to switch to ChromeOS.
We know that Google has been working diligently on its Steam Alpha program to bring ChromeOS native Steam support. And now that more of the best Chromebooks are available with Intel’s 11th and 12th generation chips, complete with Iris Xe graphics, now seems like the perfect time to announce a gaming-focused Chromebook.
The only catch is that Lenovo hasn’t announced its latest Chromebook yet and all the information was spotted by Gabriel over at ChromeUnboxed. It seems pretty much everything about the IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook has appeared “on the company’s product specification reference website.”
picture 1 from 2
But what makes this new Chromebook a worthy “gaming” nickname? Starting off, Lenovo uses a 16-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Performance is provided by either Intel’s Core i3-1215U or the Core i5-1235U, the latter of which packs Iris Xe graphics, which is a current requirement for the Steam Alpha program. Paired with one of these processors is 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage thanks to an NVMe drive.
You can’t spell gamer without RGB, and the IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook offers a full-size keyboard with customizable backlighting. You can even see from the images that you can customize the colors for entire sections on the keyboard. Over the past year we’ve seen reports that Google is working on customizing RGB keyboards directly in ChromeOS settings, so we’re expecting that to arrive before Lenovo’s official announcement.
picture 1 from 5
Other features of the gaming Chromebook include an FHD webcam, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, a microSD card slot, stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi 6. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about how much Lenovo gaming offers Chromebook costs, so we have to wait for an official announcement.
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5i
A fantastic all-round Chromebook
The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5i might not be the best Chromebook overall, but it’s pretty damn close. It features a convertible and lightweight design, solid battery life, 11th Gen Intel power, a backlit keyboard, and more.
https://www.androidcentral.com/chromebooks-laptops/lenovo-ideapad-5-gaming-chromebook-early-look Lenovo is expected to release its first gaming Chromebook