MWC 2022 | Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i: Windows-based tablet launches as a Microsoft Surface Pro 8 competitor with a 2.5K display, 16 GB of RAM and up to an Intel Core i7-1255U processor
Lenovo has revealed the IdeaPad Duet 5i as part of its MWC 2022 hardware refreshes. Billed as 'the most portable product in the IdeaPad lineup', the IdeaPad Duet 5i combines a high-resolution display with Intel Alder Lake processors in a 9.45 mm thick chassis. The tablet runs Windows 11 too, rather than Chrome OS like the IdeaPad Duet.
According to Lenovo, the IdeaPad Duet measures 288.3 x 193 mm and weighs 809 g without its Folio Case attached. For reference, the latter weighs 360 g and matches the IdeaPad Duet 5i's Stone Blue or Stone Grey colourways. While Lenovo offers four processors for the tablet, it will only allow people to configure a single display option, 2.5K IPS panel (2,560 x 1,600) that measures 12.35-inches across. Supposedly, the 16:10 display peaks at 450 nits, supports Dolby Vision and covers 96% of the DCI-P3 colour space.
Moreover, the tablet comes with three RAM configurations, four storage options and a 50 Wh battery that Lenovo claims last up to 11 hours in the MobileMark 2018 battery test. The IdeaPad Duet 5i comes with two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C connections as well, along with dual 5 MP cameras, a pair of 1 W speakers and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The IdeaPad Duet 5i will go on sale from July 2022 in Eurozone for at least €749. By contrast, the tablet will arrive later this month in Canada, the US and AP English markets. Presumably, the €749 entry price only includes the Pentium 8505, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage though, not the Core i5-1235U or Core i7-1255U with higher memory configurations. Overall, the IdeaPad Duet 5i could give the likes of the Surface Pro 8 a run for their money, especially as it launches with newer Intel Alder Lake processors.