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The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e may not officially be Chrome OS tablet but it’s darn close. The screen of the $349 Chromeook folds back 360-degrees for tablet mode using the Chrome OS software keyboard.

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photo: Liliputing

We’re getting closer to a Chrome OS tablet thanks to Lenovo, which is showing off its touchscreen convertible Thinkpad Yoga 11e. The $349 Chromebook arrives in June and although it’s geared for the education market, Lenovo is taking a cue from Dell and planning to sell the Yoga 11e to consumers as well.

Lenovo announced the device back in January and is now getting ready for the product launch. Brad Linder of Liliputing got a chance to use an early prototype — that’s why the touchscreen doesn’t work 100 percent for him — and shared this video demonstration of what to expect from the Chromebook.

Clearly, the Yoga 11e isn’t the first touchscreen Chromebook to hit the market. Google’s Chromebook Pixel claimed that prize when it launched a year ago and Acer followed with a lower-costing touchscreen model of its C720 Chromebook. Lenovo can claim to have the first convertible touchscreen Chromebook, however because like other Lenovo Yoga products, you can fold the screen all the way to the back of the laptop.

That makes the on-screen keyboard in Chrome OS a bit more valuable because the Yoga 11e can essentially be used like a Chrome OS tablet as needed. Or you could flip the screen back up and use the traditional ThinkPad keyboard. I suggested this very use case earlier this year noting that it would be more likely to see this type of form factor instead of an actual Chrome tablet because the Chrome OS isn’t yet touch optimized.

  1. Gad Heilweil Friday, April 11, 2014

    How do you close chrome tabs with touch?

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    1. The same way you’d use a mouse; tap the X button on the tab but with a finger.

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      1. Isnt that X a little too small to use with a finger tip? On my nexus 7 Im having problem closing tabs when on chrome for the same reason.
        Do you know if google is going to change the chrome OS (or chrome for that matter) UI to accommodate touch?

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        1. I’ve used Chrome OS with touch for about year with my Pixel; I don’t really find the X to be that small. Do I wish it were bigger? Sure! But it’s not a major issue to me.

          I don’t have any specific knowledge of Google’s plans but I do believe they are keeping touch in mind. Adding the on-screen keyboard is a perfect example. Hopefully, they continue making Chrome OS more touch optimized.

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          1. Thanks Kevin

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  2. Gad Heilweil Friday, April 11, 2014

    How do you use right click with touch?

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    1. Tap and hold.

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  3. Wow It’s a great news. Thanks for showing us a first look of Thinkpad Yoga and going to share on http://nexus-vi.com/

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