At the recently concluded CES 2020 conference, Lenovo was found playing around with a bunch of interesting devices in an array of form factors, one of which is this Lenovo Chromebook Duet that will be sold as IdeaPad Duet Chromebook outside North America. There aren’t many 2-in-1 machines in the Chromebook space, making this Lenovo product a unique offering that doesn’t cost a bomb. It has a detachable keyboard, a cover that turns into a kickstand, while you can also choose to doodle using an optional stylus.
These are all the details of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet that you need to know, including its detailed specs, pricing, availability details, and alternatives.
- Ultraportable detachable design
- 10.1-inch FHD display
- MediaTek processor
- 4GB RAM + up to 128GB storage
- Chrome OS
- USB Type-C
- 7000mAh battery
- Two cameras
- Keyboard attachment with trackpad
- Optional USI stylus
Lenovo Chromebook Duet: The Basics
With a detachable form factor, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is essentially a tablet that you can choose to attach to a keyboard whenever needed. The tablet appears to have a pretty manageable exterior with a thickness of just 7.35mm without any accessories. Its front is dominated by a 10.1-inch IPS panel, which has an FHD resolution in the 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen is surrounded by relatively thinner bezels measuring about 9mm to help you get a better grip when using handheld.
If its name didn’t make it plenty clear, the tablet runs Chrome OS, which is claimed to boot within 8 seconds and get updates for a period of 6.5 years. Lenovo is touting its support for some MS Office apps for a productivity push, and will also give away 100GB of Google Drive storage for 1 year. It, of course, runs the whole suite of Google apps. What powers the Chromebook Duet is a MediaTek Helio P60T chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage. For charging and data syncing, you’re getting a USB Type-C port, while it misses out on the headphone jack.
The company has included a pair of speakers and a 7,180mAh battery, which is said to last for up to 10 hours. In terms of connectivity, you’re getting the support for dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while you also have 5-point pogo pins for connecting the keyboard. On the back, you’ll get an 8MP auto-focus camera, while a 2MP one sits on the front. If you like talking to your tablet, then you also get support for Google Assistant.
Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is designed to function as a tablet or a laptop at your wish. The keyboard attachment is a rigid attachment, not a flimsy fabric one, and also has a trackpad for making navigation easier. However, the keyboard cannot hold the tablet, so you need a Stand Cover that forms a kickstand, much like Surface Pro’s. And if you’re into notetaking or sketching then you can also invest in a USI stylus from Lenovo.
The biggest advantage of such a form factor is portability, and you’ll be enjoying it thoroughly with this tablet. Even with the full keyboard pack, which includes the keyboard and kickstand, the tablet weighs just 920 grams, making it a great on-the-go machine, though only if you’re fine without LTE. On top of that, both accessories will be bundled with the tablet, while you’ll need to buy the stylus separately.
|Tablet||Lenovo Chromebook Duet|
|Operating system||Chrome OS|
|Display||10.1-inch 16:10 IPS LCD (1920 x 1200) 400 nits|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60T|
|Main camera||8 Megapixels|
|Front camera||2 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||USB Type-C, headphone jack, 2-pin pogo-pin connector|
|Battery||7180mAh, up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||239.8 x 159.8 x 7.35mm (tablet only)|
|Weight||450g (tablet only)|
Availability & Pricing
Lenovo says that the Chromebook Duet can be picked up starting May this year, but it refrained from specifying the markets where it will first launch. In the US, the tablet will start from $279.99, which means there will be multiple bundles with and without the accessories mentioned above. The bundle with all the accessories will obviously cost more, but we aren’t sure exactly how much.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet Alternatives
In the Chrome OS space, you can look at the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (review) that cost around the same price when it was first launched back in 2018. Besides this, you can go for the HP Chromebook x2, which is one of the more premium models from the PC maker. If you need an iOS tablet, then look no further than the newest iPad 7 (review), which now also supports external keyboards aside from the Apple Pencil.
For the ones inclined towards Android, the Galaxy Tab S5e (review) is a fantastic option, thanks to its beautiful display and the support for keyboard accessory. The previous-gen flagship Galaxy Tab S4 (review) continues to be a superb choice, especially now that it can be picked for cheap. You can also look at the Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8, which supports a lot of premium features, but doesn’t cost as much. And if you don’t need a keyboard at all, then go for the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 without giving a second thought, and you’ll be saving a few dollars in the process.
- Desktop-Class Chrome Browser
- Included Keyboard
- Good Screen
- Solid Performance
- Google Play Store
- Linux App Support
- Stylus far from perfect
- Not a great media tablet
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