The market for pure, Google Android-based tablets is not exactly thriving, and since Google ChromeOS can run applications for Android, pretty much all interest in non-Apple (or non-Windows) tablets has followed. To that end, at this week's CES Lenovo rolled out its IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, an inexpensive 2-in-1 that is as light as a tablet.

The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is equipped with a 10.1-inch display featuring a 1920x1200 resolution and 400 nit maximum brightness, which is rather typical for a tablet. At the heart of the system is the Mediatek Helio P60T SoC (4x Arm Cortex-A73 at 2.0 GHz and Arm Mali G72-MP3), which  is paired with 4 GB of LPDDR4X memory as well as a 128 GB eMMC solid-state storage.

Just like all modern tablets, the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook has a front and rear camera, speakers, microphones, Wi-Fi, and a USB Type-C connector. A key component of the product — which is why Lenovo defines it as a Chromebook — is its detachable keyboard with a trackpad, which has an 18 mm key pitch with 1.3 mm of key travel. The device also has a kickstand.

Given dimensions (the 10.1-inch slate is 7.3 mm thick) and a weight of 430 grams, the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is well suited to serve as a tablet. However the detachable keyboard just as quickly transforms the device into an ultraportable laptop. While 2-in-1 Chromebooks are nothing new, those that are made by well-known OEMs are usually expensive, whereas Lenovo plans to sell its IdeaPad Duet Chromebook for $279.99, which is in line with cheap laptops running Google’s OS. It remains to be seen whether target audience of Chromebooks will actually bite a 10.1-inch detachable, but for people looking for an Android tablet, Lenovo’s offering may look attractive.

Lenovo plans to start sales of the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook in April.

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Source: Lenovo

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  • QChronoD - Friday, January 10, 2020 - link

    Maybe if they ever add the ability to use extensions on mobile chrome, until then I'll stick to using a full on PC so that I can filter out all the bloat from the internet. Reply
  • Eggsforgalaxy - Friday, January 10, 2020 - link

    You can do this on chrome OS, it is not an andriod tablet it is chrome os. Reply
  • MarkWebb - Saturday, January 11, 2020 - link

    What's the AUE (end of life) for this processor/SOC? I'm pretty angry at Google for obsoleting some very fine hardware too soon, specifically the Lenovo Thinkpad Chromebook 11e with the N2940 processor, which is more than adequate for web browsing (especially with 4gb/128gb). Hey, I don't need no stinkin' Android or touch on my portable typewriter with browsing as an extra. Reply
  • paintdelite - Monday, January 13, 2020 - link

    I have read that the AUE for the IdeaPad Duet is 8 years from mainboard release. This is up from the usual approximately 6 years. That impresses me, and I hope it marks the beginning of a trend. Reply

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