The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i is a Windows tablet with a 12.35 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS LCD display, support for up to an Intel Core i7-1255U 15-watt, 10-core, 12-thread processor with Iris Xe graphics, and support for a detachable keyboard and an optional pen.

In other words, it’s kind of like a Microsoft Surface Pro except Lenovo’s tablet has a newer, more powerful processor than the Surface Pro 8, but lacks the high screen refresh rate. The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i will be available in July for $750 and up.

Lenovo’s comes in Stone Blue and Storm grey color options, and ships standard with a folio cover with a built-in keyboard, touchpad, and kickstand. There’s also optional support for backlit keys.

The Lenovo Active Pen 3 is optional and sold separately in most markets. Lenovo says the tablet’s two USB Type-C ports are “full function” with support for charging, data, and video output – the tablet can drive up to two external 4K displays.

Just keep in mind that while the tablet supports up to a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, that $750 starting price will get you a significantly less impressive model, most likely featuring a Pentium 8505 Alder Lake processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Here’s a run-down of the tablet’s key specs:

IdeaPad Duet 5i (12”, 7)
2560 x 1600 pixels
96% DCI-P3
Dolby Vision
450 nits
Gorilla Glass touchscreen
ProcessorCore i7-1255U
Core i5-1235U
Core i3-1215U
Pentium 8505
AccessoriesActive Pen 3 (optional)
Detachable Bluetooth keyboard (included)
Memory4GB / 8GB / 16GB
Storage128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1 TB
M.2 PCie SSD
Operating SystemWindows 11
Battery & charging50WHr
Rapid Charge Express (3 hours battery life from 15 minute charge)
Cameras5MP IR camera (front)
5MP (rear)
Ports2x Full function USB-C
1x Audio Jack
WirelessWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
AudioStereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dimensions288.3 x 193 x 9.45mm
11.35″ x 7.59″ x 0.37″
WeightTablet: 810 grams (1.78 pounds)
Folio Case: 360 grams (0.79 pounds
Starting price$750
€749 (including VAT)

via Lenovo Press Release and PC Mag

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9 replies on “Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i is a 12 inch 2-in-1 tablet with Intel Alder Lake-U”

  1. no tf slot?
    this kills me!

    i am on duet 3i and 3i got a slot.
    7i also got a slot.

  2. Nice, the ctrl key is in the right spot.

    Not so nice, the power button is right next to the volume up and down keys. I dont get why its so hard to move them further apart if they have to put them on the same side.

  3. Looks nice, but $750 for only a Pentium?

    You can shop around and get a Surface Go 3 with an i3 chip and 8 GB of RAM for $50 to $100 less. I know, the Go has screen is smaller, but it also weighs less.

    I wonder how much the higher configurations will cost?

    1. The Alder Lake Pentium 8505 is significantly faster than the 8th Gen Core i5.

    2. The Alder Lake Pentium 8505 has four Gracemont cores with performance equivalent to four Skylake cores. So we already have four Skylake class cores compared to the Surface Go 3’s measly two. Then there is an additional Golden Cove core with 4.4 GHz boost that offers a 40% IPC improvement (19% higher than 11th Gen, which itself was 18% higher than Skylake). This core would be equivalent to a Skylake core with 6.2 GHz boost!

      This Pentium may very well outperform even the i5 Surface Pro 7!

      1. Thanks for that information. I’m impressed that a mobile Pentium has that much juice.

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