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With Yoga Duet 7i, Lenovo sets sights on Surface Pro

Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i Ideapad Duet 3i
Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i Ideapad Duet 3i

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the Yoga Duet 7i and IdeaPad Duet 3i.
  • The Yoga Duet 7i launches in June starting at €1,199 (approximately $1,321)
  • The IdeaPad Duet 3i should be available in July starting at €429 (approximately $473).
  • The devices will be available in Europe and China but not the United States.

Lenovo announced (opens in new tab) two new convertible 2-in-1s this week, the Yoga Duet 7i and the Idea Pad Duet 3. Both devices feature detachable backlit Bluetooth keyboards and kickstands to keep displays upright with or without a keyboard attached. The Yoga Duet 7i launches in June starting at €1,199 (approximately $1,321) and the IdeaPad Duet 3i should be available in July starting at €429 (approximately $473). That price includes the detachable Bluetooth keyboard for both devices, which is a nice differentiator between devices like Microsoft's Surface Pro convertibles.

The Duet 7i seems to stack up well against Microsoft's Surface Pro 7, which it will be compared to due to its similar form factor and specifications. The Yoga Duet 7i has a 13-inch IPS 2K touchscreen. IT hits 450 nits of brightness and features 100 percent sRGB. It's available in either Slate Grey or Orchid. On the inside, it runs on up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. It also has an option for 4G LTE to keep your device connected on the go.

In select markets, the Yoga Duet 7i comes with an active digital pen. It also works with the optional rechargeable Lenovo E-Color Pen, which has a smart sensor to detect the color of real-world objects. You can then take the captured color into creative apps such as Adobe Photoshop.

Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i

CategoryLenovo Yoga Duet 7i
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display13" 2K IPS, touch, 100% sRGB, 450 nits, Dolby Vision
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i7
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
CameraIR with Windows Hello support
AudioDolby Audio
SecurityWindows Hello Camera
Glance by Mirametrix
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Optional 4G LTE
BatteryUp to 10.8 hours
Weight2.55 lbs (1.16 kg) (including folio case)

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i

CategoryLenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display10.3" FHD IPS, touch, 330 nits
ProcessorIntel Pentium
GraphicsIntel Integrated graphics
MemoryUp to 8GB
StorageUp to 128GB eMMC
AudioDolby Audio
360-degree mics
SecurityWebcam privacy shutter
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Optional LTE
BatteryUp to 7 hours
Weight1.89 lbs (0.86 kg) (including folio case)

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The IdeaPad Duet 3i is a more budget-friendly option. It has a 10.3-inch Full HD IPS display that makes it more portable and compact. It only weights 1.89 lbs (0.86 kg), making it more comfortable to carry in a bag. It's more geared toward light work on the go as it runs on Intel Pentium processors.

The Yoga Duet 7i and the IdeaPad Duet 3i compete with the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Go 2, respectively, in both form factor and specs. Lenovo's offerings have the added bonus of including the detachable Bluetooth keyboards and active pens in the price.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • I like the design. It's unique enough to separate itself from the Surface line. However, the elephant in the room... No US release?!? That's a bold strategy. Windows tablets are already a rare breed. Something like the Duet needs to reach as wide an audience as possible. Maybe Lenovo is prepping a few other configurations for the US market that will hit more (cheaper) price points. I don't know. It just seems like there should be another price point between $430 and $1200. This also marks another OEM foregoing ARM in their Windows tablet. The Duet 3i could have been the "ARM Surface Go" that many have been waiting for. Seems like OEMs have really cooled on ARM devices since their initial snapdragon 835/850 devices. It's a shame as Windows needs more good/powerful ARM tablets.
  • they have already released the product you want but for chrome os. it's called "ideapad duet" which offers decent arm chip from mediatek , 4 gb ram, 128gb storage, full HD screen, type cover, kickstand at 300$. Sadly there is nothing like that in windows segment made by known brand.
  • Lenovo has done detachables before - including that beastly X1 Tablet - but this is the first new one in a while. Looks nice overall. But would I really want a 16x9 tablet screen?
  • The screen is in the 16x10 format, I think.
  • The Duet 7i looks nice. Lenovo's flyer says it has SD card reader -- is that a true SD card, or micro SD card?
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    Two reasons why I would not buy it: (i) My next laptop should offer at least 32 GB RAM, and (ii) the battery is too small -- I would want longer battery time, even if that increased the weight slightly.