Lenovo has maintained a strong portfolio of traditional laptops, but it also wants to tackle the growing budget Windows tablet segment that is currently commanded by the Surface Go 2. The IdeaPad Duet 3i is an attempt in that direction, focusing more on aesthetics and usability with the inclusion of a kickstand. It could be your go-to machine for both work and play, but what exactly does it have to offer?
Below mentioned are some of the details of the all-new IdeaPad Duet 3i, its specifications, some unique features, pricing and availability information, and much more.
- Convertible design
- Kickstand, detachable keyboard
- Privacy camera shutter
- Full HD screen
- Intel processor
- Up to 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
- Dual speakers
- Optional LTE
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i: The Basics
From the looks of it, the IdeaPad Duet 3i is your usual rectangular slab with a glass-covered display on the front and a flat back. The bezels surrounding its 10.3-inch FHD display aren’t as this as, say, the new Surface Go, but they shouldn’t bother you much. The fun part lies on the back, where Lenovo has included a metal kickstand that pops out just as it does on the Surface line. You can lay the device at any angle you like, as long as the foldable stand supports it. The sides of the tablet are taken up by various control buttons.
On the inside, you’ll find that the tablet comes rocking either an Intel Pentium or Celeron chip, based on the model you go for. These processors come with integrated graphics, which should be enough for the basic things these processors themselves are capable of. Similar to these options, you can pick up the Duet 3i with either Windows 10 S Mode or Pro — Lenovo might not offer both these options in all markets. Interestingly, the first-party keyboard attachment can be used even when it’s detached from the tablet; this is possible since it pairs over Bluetooth.
You can configure the device with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC memory, which doesn’t seem to be expandable. If you wish to watch a lot of movies or do video calls, then the included pair of stereo speakers will come handy, along with the dual-microphone setup. Lenovo offers you the option to get the LTE-enabled variant, and you can even get the Digital Pen separately if you like doodling or notetaking. The Duet 3i has a pair of multi-purpose USB-C ports along with a headphone jack.
|Tablet||Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i|
|OS||Windows 10 S mode/Pro|
|Display||10.3-inch IPS LCD (1920 x 1200), 16:10 330 nits|
|Graphics||Intel integrated graphics|
|Storage||Up to 128GB eMMC|
|Main camera||5 Megapixel|
|Front camera||2 Megapixel, fixed-focus|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, optional LTE|
|Ports||2x USB-C, headphone jack|
|Battery||Up to 9 hours|
|Dimensions||249 x 165 x 9.6-9.9mm|
|Weight||Starting at 600g (tablet only), 260g (Folio Keyboard)|
Pricing & Availability
The best part about the IdeaPad Duet 3i is that Lenovo ships it along with the Folio Keyboard, so you need not invest in it separately. The complete bundle has been priced at €429 (~$475) in Europe and will start shipping sometime in July 2020. The company, however, did not share the availability details of other markets outside the region.
It’s hard to say precisely when other countries will get the tablet just yet, but it shouldn’t take long given Lenovo’s track record. As previously mentioned, the Digital Pen must be bought separately, but we don’t know what its official pricing is.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i Alternatives
In a similar price range and with a matching form factor, you shouldn’t look beyond the new Surface Go 2. It’s an excellent machine that gets almost everything just right, be it its build quality, kickstand, or the complete accessory ecosystem. Though, you’ll have to shell out a lot more if you wish to go for a higher-end configuration. If you don’t mind moving to Chrome OS, then Lenovo’s own Chromebook Duet could be a great option, as it also comes with a kickstand, albeit using a base.
While those two are budget options, moving a little up the pricing ladder, you’ll open yourself up to even more options, like the Surface Pro 7 (review), which is a real computer that runs Intel Core i processors. Even Apple recently updated its iPad Pro 2020 (review) model with a brand-new keyboard case that actually levitates the tablet above the keyboard deck. The new attachment is much more flexible with the viewing angle and can rest on your lap too. Those of you not looking something specifically with a kickstand, the best option for you is the budget iPad 7 (review), which can be paired with a keyboard and a stylus, you’ll be sorted.
- Pretty design
- Good 10.3-inch screen
- Keyboard with Bluetooth
- Very affordable
- Optional LTE 4G
- Bad cameras
- Intel N4020 quite weak
- Few touch apps
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