Lenovo released their newest small Chromebook today, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 (11). This is an 11-inch 2-in-1 tablet with a 10.9-inch screen, keyboard, and stylus support:
It was first announced at the Mobile World Congress 2022 as the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook with an expected launch price of $349, but it’s launching for $259 this week during its premiere, through the use of the coupon code IDEAHOURLYDB5 in Lenovo’s store.
So that makes it one of the cheapest tablets with a keyboard on the market from a large established tablet computer brand. Only the Fire HD 10 with Keyboard comes close.
But the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 has some higher specs and of course runs the Chrome OS.
It’s powered by the octa-core 2.55 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180 processor (aka 7c Gen 2) sporting a Qualcomm Adreno GPU, with options of 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x RAM at 2133 MHz, and options of 64GB or 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage built in, though it’s the 64GB model that’s launching first this month.
The 11-inch, or 10.95-inch screen to be exact has a Full HD display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200, TÜV Low Blue Light filter, and 400 nits brightness. It also has support for two external 4K monitors simultaneously, so you can use this small portable tablet as a computer with big screens too.
This Chromebook tablet also has 1W stereo speakers, a 5MP front camera, an 8MP rear camera, and dual array mics with Wake-on-Voice and Google Assistant.
Battery life is 10+ from a 29Wh battery powered by a 30W charger, while the internet is accessed through dual-band 2×2 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 5 or Bluetooth 5.1.
Tablet sensors includes an accelerometer, gyro, and a hall sensor. And I’m happy to see that it also features two USB C 3.1 ports and not just one port. So that way we can plug in all sorts of useful cables and accessories. It also comes with a USB to audio jack in the box to compensate for the lack of a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack.
The included keyboard has a trackpad, with a keyboard that connects to the tablet through pogo pins. It also has support for 4096 pressure level supported stylus pens, preferably Lenovo USI pens.
The first model of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 (11) to launch comes in Storm Grey, but a Mistry Blue model will launch too, perhaps after the summer.
Featuring an anodized sandblasted back, this tablet is 7.9mm thick and weighs 516 grams. The folio keyboard cover with kickstand weighs 429 grams.
So what we have here is a well equipped Chromebook tablet with an included keyboard that’s launching at a discount price. Worth checking out for anyone who could use a portable computer at this size.
– Jim Miller