Lenovo's Surface-like IdeaPad Duet 3i packs the Intel N-series CPU — but you won't find it in the US

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i
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What you need to know

  • Lenovo's new IdeaPad Duet 3i features an Intel N-series CPU designed for high performance and energy efficiency.
  • Across-the-board upgrades to components include an 11.5" 2K touchscreen display rated up to 400 nits brightness.
  • No availability is currently planned for North America, but the IdeaPad Duet 3i will launch around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in June 2023, starting at €449.

Lenovo's efforts to dominate every angle of the computing category continue with a range of new laptops, including the latest convertible IdeaPad Duet 3i. This lightweight 2-in-1 comes loaded with Windows 11, aimed at traveling students and busy multi-taskers who need access to their work in any location. Detachable from the keyboard, this latest revision includes a vibrant 11.5" 2K touchscreen display rated for up to 400 nits brightness, visible in almost any environment.

Such a slim device would need capable hardware to back up such a high-resolution screen, so Lenovo has opted for the latest entry-level Intel N-series mobile CPUs for powerful performance and high efficiency. Specifically, the Intel N200 is under the hood this time, backed up by Intel's integrated graphics and a choice of 4GB or 8GB LPDDR5 memory and 128GB or 256GB of M.2 PCIe solid-state storage.

Boosts to image fidelity include a front-facing 5MP camera and a rear 8MP option for higher-quality shots or to quickly capture documents later to be annotated with an optional Lenovo digital pen. A pen isn't included in the box, but the IdeaPad Duet 3i's touchscreen can be used like any other for quick note-taking and simple manipulation of photos and documents.

Even with a 2K display boasting a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, Lenovo promises up to 8.5 hours of battery life with this latest model for all-day use. Rapid charge boost allows an extra 2 hours of use from as little as 15 minutes on AC power. At a super-slim 8.95mm, carrying a power adapter for extended study sessions shouldn't be an issue anyway.

We've been suitably impressed by Lenovo's IdeaPad Duet 5i in the past, so a slew of implied improvements should mean things can only get better with this lightweight beauty. However, the Duet 3i currently has no availability plans for North America, set instead for a launch around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in June 2023, with prices starting at €449.

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CategoryIdeaPad Duet 3i (11”)
ProcessorIntel N200
Operating systemWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
GraphicsIntel integrated graphics
Memory4GB / 8GB LPDDR5
Storage128GB / 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display11.5" 2K (2000 x 1200) 5:3 IPS touch
400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
Audio2x 2W speakers with Dolby Audio
Dual microphone
Camera5MP fixed focus CMOS front camera
8MP auto focus rear camera
Battery35.6Whr with rapid charge up to 8.5 hours
Dimensions271.3 x 172 x 8.95 mm
Weight697g (tablet)
450g (folio case)
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
1x audio jack
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
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