was and still is one of the best Chromebooks we’ve tested over the past couple of years. The 10.1-inch detachable two-in-one Chromebook is small and inexpensive ( ) but still had a premium look and feel, good battery life, and decent performance for its price. The new Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 uses the same formula, but it’s bigger – in size and price – and, overall, probably better.
The two main changes relate to the display and the system on a chip (SoC). The Duet 5 is built around a 13.3-inch 1080p OLED touchscreen with 400-bit brightness and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. The larger screen will improve productivity and it also means that the included keyboard cover is bigger; the original Duet’s keyboard was cramped for all-day use.
While OLED displays tend to take a toll on battery life, Lenovo says it should last up to 15 hours. The Duet 5 also has two USB-C ports to that of the Duet, making it a bit easier to connect an external display and keep it charged for travel.
For the SoC, Lenovo went from a MediaTek Helio P60T to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform for the Duet 5. The 10-inch Duet was fine but could sometimes lag behind. The Snapdragon is expected to offer improved performance for the 13-inch tablet and it can be paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x memory and up to 256GB of eMMC SSD.
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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 is due in October and will start at $ 430. This converts to around £ 312 and AU $ 582. This price includes the detachable keyboard and the rear kickstand cover and optionally an USI pen in some packaging.
For those who want to skip the Chrome experience and stick with Android on their tablet, Lenovo also announced the Tab P12 Pro on Wednesday. The Android tablet is built around a 12.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a brightness of 600 nits.
Lenovo designed the P12 for entertainment and productivity, and includes a keyboard cover with a touchpad to help you get your work done. You will also be able to use the tablet as a wireless display with a Windows PC with the company’s Project Unity framework. Just enter a PIN code to connect to the tablet and you will be able to extend or mirror your Windows desktop as well as run Android apps simultaneously.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro will be available in October starting at $ 610 directly from Lenovo’s website.