At CES 2020, we got a chance to spend some time with the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, a Chrome OS tablet that ticks pretty much all of the boxes. The IdeaPad Duet solves the problems of the earlier Chrome tablets. Firstly, it’s affordable, the entire product is $279, and that includes the keyboard and kickstand cover, unlike other Chrome OS tablets that have launched to date.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a Chrome OS tablet that consumers might actually be interested in. A 10-inch tablet with a keyboard and a full browser is a compelling package that might even sway some iPad users.
The other major benefit of Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is that it starts under $300, making it much more viable as an iPad alternative than any other Chrome tablet in the last two years. While the Google’s Pixel Slate might have been powerful enough to compete with the Surface Pro series or iPad Pro series, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet actually makes sense over a regular iPad in both functionality and price.
For $279, you can get a tablet that comes with a kickstand and keyboard, supports more and better keyboard shortcuts, and features the same easy-to-learn system that your kids are likely using at school. This combines with 8 years support life, 10-hour battery life and the 1080p screen to present a pretty great value for a tablet that you could use for a little bit of work or play.
The market for pure, Google’s Android-based tablets is not exactly thriving, and since Google Chrome OS can run applications for Android, pretty much all interest in non-Apple (or non-Windows) tablets has followed. Lenovo plans to start sales of the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook in May 2020, an inexpensive 2-in-1 that is as light as a tablet.