CES 2016, the giant consumer electronic show, happened last week in Las Vegas. The show brought exciting announcements of the new Chromebooks for 2016. Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and CTL all had good news for the next batch of Chromebooks. Each manufacturer brought different improvements – battery life, durability and cosmetic.

Introducing the New Models

Samsung Chromebook 3

This 11.6-inch model was the show-stealer due to its 11-hour battery life. That’s compared with 8.5 hours of use on the Chromebook 2. The Chromebook 3 also has a tougher body than before, reportedly reinforced with metal.

Acer Chromebook 11

Acer announced an updated 11.6-inch model. It has “a more durable design that features a premium nano-imprinted cover.” The durability has been tested for a corner drop from 1.9 feet high. It has a quiet, fan-less design and a battery life up to 9 hours. The Chromebook 11 will weigh 2.42 pounds, making it the lightest of the batch by a small margin.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13

Lenovo announced a 13-inch notebook. There will be two variants – one that runs ChromeOS and one that runs Windows. Lenovo is departing from their classic black plastic look with an aluminum finish option on the new ThinkPad 13.


CTL focused on the education and market with their updated 11.6-inch Chromebook. The price point and good standard configuration (4GB RAM standard) make the SB4 well-suited to the education market.

New Chromebooks Comparison

You can see from the table that each manufacturer has a different focus. For instance, Lenovo is focused on better screen resolution and scaling up RAM. Acer has the lowest cost, while Samsung has focused on battery life.

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While you eagerly await the availability of the new Chromebook models, check out these reviews of two models you can get your hands on right now: HP Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 13.