Over a yr after it was unveiled, Lenovo’s category-defining Chromebook Duet is getting a sequel. The Chromebook Duet 5 (branded because the IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook outdoors of North America) is a head-to-toe reimagining of the removable budget-oriented Duet, with a greater worth, a new processor, and — most apparently — a 13.3-inch OLED screen.
Lenovo says the Duet 5 is probably the primary of a number of additions to the Duet line, in an bold effort to convey the removable kind issue to a number of worth factors. The corporate will proceed promoting the ten.1-inch Duet (in the interim).
A 2-in-1 Chrome OS pill with a removable keyboard
The brand new OLED show covers 100% of the DCI-P3 shade gamut, Lenovo says, and can emit “70 p.c much less blue gentle” than an LCD panel would, with the objective of delivering “unbelievable leisure experiences.” OLED has lengthy been a luxurious signifier within the PC area, and with a beginning worth of $429.99, the Duet 5 will undoubtedly be one of the vital reasonably priced laptops ever to function this know-how.
This Chromebook is a part of a wave of skinny and light-weight OLED laptops just lately unveiled throughout the business. Lenovo has additionally added Home windows-powered OLED fashions to its IdeaPad line, and Asus has outfitted a variety of its shopper and enterprise strains (together with its budget-oriented VivoBook and ultraportable ZenBook) with the know-how. The OLED craze isn’t out of skinny air; Samsung (the world’s largest OLED vendor) introduced in January that it will start mass-producing laptop-sized 90Hz OLED screens this yr.
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The Chromebook Duet 5 can be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform, introduced in Might. This chip is designed for entry-level laptops and just lately appeared in Samsung’s $349 Galaxy E-book Go. Reviewers have discovered that to be a bit slow so far, however Chrome OS is much less demanding to run than Home windows.
The removable kind issue, most popularly related with Microsoft’s Floor Professional units, has appeared on a number of laptop computer strains this yr. Asus now sells the Chromebook Removable CM3, a direct (albeit dearer) competitor to the Duet with a built-in stylus storage and a kickstand that folds each vertically and horizontally. On the very reverse finish of the value spectrum is HP’s $1,629 Elite Folio, additionally powered by a Snapdragon processor (however operating Home windows and coated in leather-based). Earlier this yr, Lenovo tried the shape consider an X-Sequence ThinkPad with the X12 Removable, packing a beefier Intel Core i5.
The Chromebook Duet 5 can be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
Nonetheless, a lot of what made the unique Duet such a horny buy was the mixture of its low worth, portability, and excellent battery life. (We acquired properly over 11 hours of steady work in our testing.) The Duet 5 is heavier than the smaller Duet and considerably dearer. (The predecessor begins at $279.) The Duet 5 has a completely different processor from the Duet and a screen that’s historically extra power-hungry, so battery life is a query mark. (Lenovo’s most up-to-date try at an OLED removable, the ThinkPad X1 Fold, had some… issues in that space.) A 13.3-inch OLED screen is actually a neat prospect, however whether or not it’s a good worth can be one other story.
The Chromebook Duet 5 is anticipated to be accessible in October.