Lenovo's new Chromebook models could be your best laptop value this fall

Lenovo Chromebook C340
Lenovo Chromebook C340 (Image credit: Lenovo)

IFA may not start for another week, but Lenovo is kicking things off early with the announcement of its successors to the Lenovo S330 and the popular Lenovo C330, which is currently our favorite Chromebook on the market. Lenovo first teased these models a month ago in a YouTube video — the Lenovo Chromebook S340, C340-11, and C340-15 — and now we know when we can actually buy one.

Lenovo Chromebook C340-11

The Lenovo Chromebook C340 has two sizes this year — 11.6 inches and 15.6 inches — and aside from the processor upgrades, the 2-in-1 model also doubles the USB-C ports, swaps the full-size SD slot for microSD, and there's even a shiny Sand Pink option for the smaller 11.6-inch model. Both sizes have 32GB and 64GB storage capacities available — 128GB versions of the 15-inch model will be available in some countries, but not the US — but the real excitement for these models lies in the pricing: the C340-11 starts at $290 and the C340-15 starts at $430.

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CategoryLenovo Chromebook C340-11Lenovo Chromebook C340-15
Display11.6 inches1366 x 76810-point IPS touchscreen250 nits brightness15.6 inches1920 x 108010-point IPS touchscreen250 nits brightness
ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000Intel Pentium Gold 4117UIntel Core i13
Expandable StoragemicroSD cardmicroSD card
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth 4.2Wi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth 4.2
Ports2x USB-C USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 12x USB-A USB 3.1 Gen 11x Audio combo jack2x USB-C USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 11x USB-A USB 3.1 Gen 11x Audio combo jack
BatteryLi-Ion 42Wh (10 hours)45W USB-C AC adapterLi-Ion 56Wh (10 hours)45W USB-C AC adapter
Dimensions290 x 207.8 x 17.8 mm(11.4" x 8.18" x 0.7")361.5 x 248.85 x 18.95 mm(14.23" x 9.8" x 0.75")
Weight2.6 lbs (1.18 kg)4.37 lbs (1.98 kg)
Auto Update Expiration DateJuly 2025July 2025
Starting Price$289.99$429.99
AvailabilitySeptember 2019October 2019

Lenovo S340

The Lenovo Chromebook S340 is a 14-inch non-touch fold-flat laptop with much of the same specs as the C340-11, the same Celeron N4000 we've seen in most Chromebooks launched this year, 4-8GB of RAM, 32-64GB of storage, and the same upgraded 2 USB-C, 2 USB-A port configuration. Even with a $250 starting price tag, I don't expect a non-touchscreen model to be a wide hit with regular consumers, but it may be more attractive to businesses or schools looking for affordable mid-screen options.

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CategoryLenovo Chromebook S340
Display14 inches1366 x 768 or 1920 x 108010-point TN non-touch220 nits brightness
ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000
Expandable StoragemicroSD card
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth 4.2
Ports2x USB-C USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 12x USB-A USB 3.1 Gen 11x Audio combo jack
BatteryLi-Ion 42Wh (10 hours)45W USB-C AC adapter
Dimensions328.9 x 234.3 x 18.8 mm(12.9" x 9.2" x 0.74")
Weight3.09 lbs (1.4 kg)
Auto Update Expiration DateJuly 2025
Starting Price$249.99
AvailabilitySeptember 2019

The C330 is my favorite Chromebook and with the C340-11 being slimmer, faster, prettier, and sporting extra ports, I'm faily confident it should surpass the original in every way, but I'll need to get one in my hands and test it out before forming any complete conclusions. The Lenovo C340-11, C340-15, and S340 will be on display at the IFA conference in Berlin next week before going on sale over the next two months.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.