The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a 10.1 inch tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard cover that allows you to use the system either as a handheld Chrome OS tablet or a sort of pseudo-Chromebook.
First unveiled in January, the Chromebook Duet is now available available for purchase from Best Buy for $300.
That’s the price for a model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A 4GB/64GB version is coming soon for $280.
At those prices, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is cheaper than an entry-level iPad or Surface Go 2, neither of which comes with a pen included. You could certainly argue that iPadOS and Windows are more useful tablet operating systems (since the iPad supports millions of tablet-friendly apps and the Surface Go supports… Windows apps). But Google’s browser-based Chrome OS has been getting more touch-friendly over time and now supports Android and Linux apps as well as native Chrome OS apps.
In terms of hardware, the Chromebook Duet’s features include:
|Display||10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels (400 nits)|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P60T|
|GPU||ARM Mali-G72 MP3|
|Cameras||8MP (rear) and 2MP (front)|
|Ports||USB 2.0 Type-C & 5-point pogo pins|
|Wireless||WiFi 5 & Bluetooth 5.0|
The tablet alone measures 9.4″ x 6.3″ x 0.3″ and weighs about a pound. With the keyboard, the dimensions go up to 9.6″ x 6.7″ x 0.7″ and the weight roughly doubles to just over two pounds.
Lenovo says the Chromebook Duet also works with an optional USI pen, but it’s sold separately. The tablet does not have a headphone jack, but it comes with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter.
There’s also no SD card reader, which makes it worth at least considering shelling out the extra $20 for the model with 128GB of storage rather than settling for 64GB. But even 64GB is more than you get from many Chromebooks in this price range.
Idk, I think you could buy a 5yr old thinkpad and load up cloud ready on it and be much better off, also be cheaper. Of course it’s not a tablet nor touchscreen but most people don’t need that for education or basic usage. Through cloud ready on hp stream 11 and it works fine for brother who uses google classroom
Genuine question: why would anyone buy an Android tablet over this?
On Android you are lucky to get 1 year of software updates. With this you 7 seven. Plus the versatility of the desktop browser. Plus Linux apps if you want them… So…?
It’s an appealing combination for sure, but I’m not so sure how well Android apps run these days on Chrome OS compared to equal hardware on native Android.
Admittedly I haven’t tried this in over 1 year, but the last time I tried out android apps on Chrome OS, it ran noticeably worse, and some apps lacked functionality.
Maybe someone with more recent experience could chime in.
See, the thing is that a lot of the early compatibility problems were down to Android apps being designed and initially compiled for ARM devices, while most Chromebooks were on Intel processors.
This thing is on an ARM processor. Add in the 1 year or so of improvements… (I didn’t try many Android apps on my Chromebooks, but the ones I tried work well enough)
And the kicker: chromebooks get their Android runtime updated to the latest version of Android for their entire support period :-))
My most recent experience with Android apps in Chrome OS was with an ARM powered device. It was an Asus with a RK3399. It was over 1 year ago, but all my favorite video playback apps weren’t able to play HD content without framedrops, and some of my favorite emulators (N64 specifically) played at about 50% the performance that the SOC was capable of.
I’d love to hear that things have improved, but its difficult to research.
That reasoning is exactly what I followed 18+ months ago when I purchased my HP Chromebook X2. I was greatly disappointed with the support period of my Asus Zenpad 3S 10 Android tablet, especially for the price. The X2 is supported to June 2024. As far as Grant’s question regarding Android support on Chrome OS, I only use a few Android apps regularly, and only Tesla’s has given me trouble. Not because it won’t run per se, but because it does not format well at all on the large screen. But that also happens on the Android tablet as well, which still runs quite well but I only use it on my home wifi.
I use the X2 about half as a tablet and half as a laptop. It included a stylus but I rarely use it. It has an Intel core M3 chip. Android runs without lag on it. My VPN app is Android, and it occasionally bogs down with the connection. I then disable and reconnect from the notification panel. I do not fault Chrome OS for that though.
I am intrigued with the Duet for its extra portability, but probably can’t justify its purchase with the X2 doing so well for me.
I too have an HP Chromebook X2 around the house, kinda fancy the Duet, but can’t really justify it given that I have the X2.
Maybe the reason we are not seeing any problems with Android apps on the X2 is because it is so much more powerful? The tablet does get surprisingly warm when using Android apps. So there must be some serious ARM emulation happening under the hood…
The Chuwi Hi10X should be a good alternative if you prefer Windows. With its optional keyboard and stylus, the Chuwi is less expensive than this Lenovo.
Yes but consider the fact that the Chuwi doesn’t have a warranty that is supported outside of the Chinese market.
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