The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i is a Windows 11 tablet with a built-in kickstand, a detachable keyboard, and support for pen and finger input.
Lenovo launched the first model in the series in 2020, and this summer the company will give the IdeaPad Duet 3i a significant upgrade while still keeping the price relatively low.
The new Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i (2023) features a larger 11.5 inch, 2000 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and up to 400 nits brightness. And it’s powered by either an Intel Processor N100 or N200 chip, based on Intel Alder Lake-N architecture.
The screen and processor are upgrades over the previous-generation model, which had a 10.3 inch FHD display and an Intel Gemini Lake Refresh processor in the original, and users can probably expect a significant boost in CPU performance without having a substantial impact on price or battery life.
The tablet comes with 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR5 memory and eitgher 128GB of UFS storage or a 256GB M.2 PCie SSd.
Lenovo says the new model should last for up to 8.5 hours a charge. And if you do need some extra juice, you should only have to plug the tablet in for 15 minutes to get up to two more hours of battery life.
The new model is also a little thinner than its predecessor, at 8.95mm (compared with 9.9mm for the 2020 version). The tablet weighs 697 grams (about 1.53 pounds) and the Folio Case adds another 450 grams (0.99 pounds).
The new IdeaPad Duet 3i features a 3.5mm audio jack and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports: one with support for power and data, and the other with support for both of those plus video output as well.
The tablet features 8MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. One thing to keep in mind is that while the keyboard ships standard, the Lenovo Digital Pen is an optional accessory that isn’t included in the base price.
Lenovo says the new IdeaPad Duet 3i will be available in Europe this June with prices starting at €449.
Nice looking machine but wish it were 16:10 like its predecessor.
No Bluetooth type cover anymore? I bought 3i on sale for $300 (thanks for deals pointer, Brad!) and found it to be amazing device, only lacking CPU power. So I bought 5i next month (only 8Gb model is available in US though), and found it to be even better. BT mode is one of the best features on Duos, allowing me to set tablet on the table, or next to me on a bed, or cast it to TV, or connect to second portable or stationary display.