Lenovo just announced the company's latest Surface Pro competitor in its Yoga Duet line up. A few years ago, Lenovo introduced its Miix convertible which essentially served as ThinkPad branded version of the flagship Surface Pro detachable concept.
In 2020, Lenovo is revitalizing its detachable offerings with more consumer-centric devices dubbed the Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i and IdeaPad Duet 3i. According to Lenovo's latest press release, the Yoga Duet 7i weighs about 2lbs with case included, and it packs the company's first-ever Bluetooth supported wireless keyboard. Perhaps, most importantly, Lenovo's folio case and digital E-Color Pen are included in the Yoga Duet 7i's starting price of $1,300.
In addition to the Bluetooth keyboard, customers also get WiFi 6 (Gig+) for quicker connecting speeds, as well as optional LTE/4G modems, 10th Gen Intel Core processors, and a 13-inch crystal clear IPS 2K multitouch screen supporting 100 percent sRGB accuracy and pushing out 450 nits of brightness.
Customers can outfit Lenovo's tablet computer with up to 16GB of memory and 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. Lenovo claims the Duet 7i can last roughly up to 10.8 hours of usage on a single charge by utilizing the Lenovo Q-Control Intelligent Cooling feature. The Duet 7i will ship in two finishes including Slate Grey and new Orchid (maroon) semi-gloss paint jobs, as seen below.
As for Lenovo's middle-range device offering, the IdeaPad Duet 3i will also sport the first-ever Bluetooth detachable keyboard for Lenovo, and customers still get a ton of options while skimping on a few standout features for the Duet 7i. For starters, the display will only push up to 330 nits of brightness and offer a 10-3 inch viewing experience, slower eMMC memory for up to 128BG of storage, Intel Pentium processors, and a memory cap at 8GB all in a package estimated to last 7 hours on a single charge.
However, the Duet 3i will still offer customers an LTE model variant as well as a super lightweight footprint at under 2lbs including folio case, similar to the Duet 7i.
Lenovo also refreshed its Smart Tab M10 with a 2.3Ghz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 mobile processor and TDDI chip for boosted display efficiency bumping up the number of hours the tablet can last on a single charge to 9 now. Lenovo's latest devices are slated for a mid-June 2020 release, and we'll hopefully get to put these devices to the test to see if there is a third option for mobile workers looking for more portable computing in 2020.
Update: The Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i and IdeaPad Duet 3i are bound for international markets only, for the moment.