With Android apps able to run on Chromebooks, it's become increasingly valuable to have one that not only has a touchscreen, but can convert into a tablet. That's what the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook and IdeaPad Duet Chromebook have in common. As shown at , it's how they do it that separates them.
The IdeaPad Duet is a detachable, so it's essentially a tablet Chromebook with a bright 400-nit, 10.1-inch FHD display. It's bundled with a full-size removable keyboard with a touchpad. The Duet comes with a cover with a built-in kickstand when you want to work or play games or stream video hands-free and there's an optional active pen for drawing or writing on the screen.
Available in May starting at $280, its specs suggest it won't be for power users, with components such as the MediaTek Helio P60T processor that's best for battery life (Lenovo says it'll run for up to 10 hours), up to 4GB of memory and up to 128GB eMMC flash memory for storage.
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook would be the way to go if you need better performance. The Flex 5 is one of the first Chromebooks to be part of Intel's Project Athena program and is built around a 13-inch FHD 300-nit touchscreen with pen support. Inside you'll find:
- Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor
- Intel integrated UHD graphics
- Up to 8GB of memory
- Up to 128GB PCIe SSD
Lenovo says the Flex 5 will also have a water-resistant backlit keyboard,and up to 10 hours of battery life. It weighs in at just 3 pounds, too (1.4 kg). It's expected in June for around $360.