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Lenovo IdeaPad Duet affordable detachable 2-in-1 tablet launch is imminent

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet will ship on May 11. (Source: Lenovo)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet will ship on May 11. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo’s Chrome OS-based IdeaPad Duet captured a lot of interest when it was first unveiled in early January. It has very similar form and functionality to Google’s much more expensive Pixel Slate, but it is priced a lot more attractively – just US$299 including keyboard. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on it, the wait will soon be over as it is looks set to ship by May 11.
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Lenovo’s eagerly awaited IdeaPad Duet is set to ship as soon as May 11 with the device now live on Best Buy’s website in the US. The device was first unveiled in early January and promises to offer a similar form factor and functionality to Google’s much more expensive Pixel Slate. While the Pixel Slate starts at US$599 just for the device, the IdeaPad Duet costs just US$299 and includes a keyboard accessory.

Naturally, to keep the IdeaPad Duet priced so sharply, Lenovo has delivered a device that is significantly less powerful than the Pixel Slate, but it still should prove sufficient for getting things done on Google’s relatively lightweight browser-based operating system. Instead of Intel-based processors, Lenovo has fitted the Duet with a MediaTek Helio P60T octa-core mated to a somewhat meager 4 GB of RAM – expecting more at the price point is probably asking too much.

After all, Lenovo hasn’t skimped on storage with 128 GB on board as standard. The Duet’s 10.1-inch IPS display is also decent with a high-resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels while the battery is also sizeable rated at 7,180 mAh. The included detachable keyboard features a full trackpad, although you can expect it to be around 90 percent of full-size. It will also be reasonably widely available at launch with Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan and Canada joining the US in the first wave. 

(Source: Lenovo)
(Source: Lenovo)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1256 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-05- 2 (Update: 2020-05- 2)