It doesn’t seem like the best time, but Lenovo is preparing the first Gaming Chromebook on the market

A Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook laptop has appeared leaked on the web and stands out as the industry’s first “gaming” Chromebook. It is based on the recent IdeaPad 5i which improves on the screen, processor and graphics.

No. It does not seem like the best time to launch this type of model once Google has made it official the shutdown of stadia in what was a death foretold. The gaming service did not get off to a good start and the Internet giant has not been able to improve it. And it is well known that Google “does not take prisoners”. If a service or application does not work, simply go to sleep the sleep of the righteous.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook

Beyond the Stadia fiasco, we must assess Lenovo’s attempt to improve the Chrome OS ecosystem in one of the few sections in which it is relegated to a Windows PC: games. Even so, of course you can play. You can install Steam, the Google Play Store with everything Android, and you can use other cloud gaming services like Amazon Luna, NVIDIA GeForce Now, or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

In addition, this laptop is really attractive, although it sounds strange a ‘Gaming’ a day after closing Stadia. It is based on the IdeaPad 5i which it improves in several sections, with a screen 16-inch IPS with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels350-nit brightness, a 120Hz refresh rate, and swivel up to 180 degrees.

It will mount an improved twelfth generation Intel processor over the previous one and with graphics Iris Xé that without being a dedicated one will improve the performance of the graphic section. Another touch that gamers will like will be a 4-zone backlit keyboard for different RGB lighting options.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook

The laptop will be offered in configurations starting at 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and a 512GB PCIe SSD. In terms of connectivity, it is compatible with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5 and has two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C ports and another two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A. It features an FHD webcam, Waves-powered stereo speakers with MaxxAudio, Kensington lock, and microSD cards.

With the latest version of Chrome OS pre-installed and the benefits that Google provides on all Chromebooks such as a free year of its cloud storage service, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebookel will be slightly more expensive than the 549 euros of the regular IdeaPad 5i, but still thus its price will be restrained. Another thing is that the ‘Gaming’ label comes at a bad time due to the closure of Stadia. We don’t know a release date.