The Lenovo S21e 11.6-inch Windows laptop has popped up in locations across the globe and it’s yet another low-cost notebook. It’s almost the Flex 3 11 without the flex!
The design is similar to the Lenovo N20 Chromebook and it has very similar specifications, presumably to keep the price as near as possible to Chromebooks. A 32GB eMMC isn’t the best starting point for a Windows laptop and a micro-HDMI and micro-SD won’t help either but there’s a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port and a 2-core N2840 inside. There’s a very small 23 Wh battery inside but at least it keeps the weight down. 1.15 KG is 2.53 pounds. The screen is, you guessed it, 1366 x 768.
64-bit Windows means there’s a 64-bit bootloader so you’ll have better Linux compatibility than the ASUS X205 which focuses on long battery life by using a Baytrail-T processor instead of the Baytrail-M inside the Lenovo S21e.
The Lenovo S21e will go up against the HP Stream 11 and Acer E11 but there’s nothing in the specifications that sets the Lenovo apart. The keyboard could be good and there could be a SATA header and RAM module inside but I haven’t been able to find that information out yet. It doesn’t look like there’s any Office service included but some retailers are indicating 100 GB of free One Drive storage. Again, unconfirmed.
One retailer has a 64 GB version of the Lenovo S21e available for $219 so if other retailers drop the 32GB model below $200 and put the 64GB model in at this price then that’s going to be the selling point. Lenovo USA has that model listed for $399 which is completely over-priced and, in my opinion, highly likely to become a ‘50% off’ offer soon, especially if manufacturers launch Braswell-based laptops at Computex.
Hat tip: Evozero