One in all Lenovo’s hottest Chromebooks is getting a full replace for 2022, as a part of the corporate’s many bulletins for Mobile World Congress. The proved to be successful when it was launched in 2020 as a result of it was small, carried out effectively and it was low-cost, at lower than $300. This up to date model, the IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook, is stuffed with enhancements that definitely tackle just a few of the shortcomings of the unique.
The Duet 3 is now an 11-inch Chrome OS pill with a 2K-resolution show. The sometimes sluggish MediaTek processor has been changed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform, which ought to perk up the efficiency from the unique and even the equally sized, which is working on the first-gen 7c compute platform.
Lenovo addressed two of my largest gripes in regards to the first-gen mannequin. A type of was that it solely had one USB-C port. Which may not sound like a giant deal, however it made charging and in addition utilizing the port for the rest unattainable with out a hub or adapter. The brand new Duet 3 has USB-C ports on either side so you may cost and join a monitor or storage on the identical time.
The second challenge was the keyboard, which was cramped and had some half-sized keys. It simply wasn’t typing expertise for greater than dashing off a fast e mail. The bigger show measurement of the brand new model means Lenovo had slightly further room for the keys and touchpad on the up to date keyboard, and key journey can be a tiny bit higher at 1.4 millimeters. The keyboard, in addition to a folio kickstand, are nonetheless included, too. That is in stark distinction to some Home windows-based slates that drive you to purchase the keyboard individually. There’s pen assist additionally, however Lenovo does not embody one within the field.
The brand new keyboard can be higher whenever you’re not utilizing it. With the unique, you actually needed to absolutely take away the keyboard to make use of the Duet as a pill. Now, you may flip the keyboard round to the rear and it’ll magnetically snap to the show and concurrently disable the keyboard and touchpad.
After all, these enhancements imply the Duet 3 is just not going to be as low-cost at launch as its predecessor. It is anticipated to start out round $400 when it is obtainable in Might. That converts to roughly £300 or AU$555.
Lenovo additionally expanded the Duet line past Chromebooks and can now use the Duet identify for all of its two-in-ones with removable keyboards, together with the brand new IdeaPad Duet 5i coming in July.
The Duet 5i is anticipated to start out at $750 and is a 12-inch Home windows 11 pill with a removable keyboard folio. Lenovo can even supply an elective backlit keyboard for the system, which is able to make this a nicer choice for dimly lit convention rooms and lecture halls. It will be obtainable with as much as a Twelfth-gen Intel Core i7 however the base mannequin is a fundamental Pentium chip. Totally loaded, although, it seems like this could be various to a Microsoft Floor Professional. It appears like we’ll have to attend until summer time to seek out out, although.
Lenovo has added new fashions to its IdeaPad Flex Chromebook and Home windows 11 two-in-one convertible lineups as effectively. They function the most recent processors from AMD and Intel, brighter, higher-resolution show choices and redesigned hinges that elevate the rear of the laptops when opened for higher cooling and ergonomics. The brand new Flex 5 and 5i shall be obtainable in Might in 14- and 16-inch sizes, with a selection of AMD or Intel processors beginning as little as $620. The 14-inch Flex 5i Chromebook arrives in June and begins at $500. A 15-inch Flex 3i Chromebook shall be obtainable beginning at $400.
For those who’d want an Android pill, Lenovo up to date its Tab M10 Plus with a brighter 1080p 10.6-inch 2K LCD show, an octa-core processor and as much as 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, plus pen assist. The pill could have as much as 12 hours of battery life as effectively. Search for it in June beginning at $190.