Asus Chromebook C200 pre-orders begin at $249

Pre-orders for the first Asus Chromebook have begun with Amazon(s amzn) charging $249 for the Chrome OS laptop and shipments expected on June 26. The C200 is an 11.6-inch Chromebook that uses the newer Intel(s intc) BayTrail-M processor instead of the fairly standard Haswell-based Celeron chip found in most current Chromebooks. That’s likely a step-down in performance but with the benefit of even more battery life: Asus says you can expect 10 to 11 hours of runtime from the 2.5 pound laptop. The C200 supplements the already available $179 Asus Chromebox and a larger C300 Chromebook coming soon.

Lenovo adds its first two consumer Chromebooks: N20 and N20p

After debuting Chromebooks for the education market, Lenovo is following up with models for consumers. Say hello to the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, which offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The latter has a touchscreen and 300-degree screen hinge.

Chrome Show: This is the Asus Chromebook C200

An official-looking spec sheet with images and details of the Asus Chromebook C200 is here with a few nice surprises. On this week’s podcast we also discuss Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook and that 14-inch Android notebook which doesn’t affect Google’s Chrome strategy.

Report: Samsung Chromebook 2 delayed until end of May

After already promising 14 to 21 business day delivery when pre-orders began April 7, Samsung now says the Chromebook 2 won’t arrive until the end of May. Perhaps there’s more software tweaking to be done for the Exynos 5 chip.