While Google has had a difficult time making inroads into China's Internet sector via its search engine, it does seem to have some success tackling China from the hardware angle with partner Lenovo.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo just launched a special edition ThinkPad X131e notebook, targeting primary and secondary school students. Lenovo already launched a ThinkPad X131e notebook for students in 2012. However, the previously launched product runs on the Windows operating system, while this new one runs on Google's Chrome OS.
The Chrome OS ThinkPad X131e uses Intel's processor, a n11.6-inch screen, and resolution of 1366×768. It has three USB ports and a 6-cell battery, which can ensure use throughout an entire day.
Compared with existing Chromebook products in the market, Lenovo's new product adopts a durable case, which is specially designed for younger students. Starting from February 26, 2013, this new product will be available in the Chinese education market.
In August 2012, Lenovo's vice president for North America, said that the company hoped to challenge Dell in the education market and Chromebook would be a new weapon. It may also be a flanking maneuver for Google to gain a stronger foothold in China. In the past it has faced bad executive hiring decisions in China and also legal issues surrounding both its mapping service, its advertising agents, and its refusal to kowtow to China's online censors.