Sep 8th, 2021

The good times are just getting started in September, as Lenovo has announced a slew of new and interesting devices that will be arriving just in time for the 2021 holiday craze.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

The original Chromebook Duet was released almost a year and a half ago, but the wait is finally over for an upgraded version. The Chromebook Duet 5 is here with a larger display and faster processor while maintaining the form-factor that we have fallen in love with.

It was clear that an upgraded chipset was going to be necessary for a Duet successor, and that’s what Lenovo provided by including the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. This has been paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of eMMC storage, and a battery rated for up to 15-hours on a single charge.

  • Display: 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute
  • RAM: Up to 8GB
  • Storage: Up to 256GB eMMC
  • Audio: Quad-speakers
  • Battery: Up to 15 hours
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 Type-C / Pogo-pin
  • Accessories: Included keyboard with kickstand / Optional stylus
  • Price: Starting at $430

Lenovo made the decision to turn the Chromebook Duet into something a bit more useful for those who want to get some work done, or just for those who want a bigger screen. Going from 10.1-inches to 13.3-inches might be a bit jarring for some, but the panel is also now OLED over IPS LCD, which is another move in the right direction.

We also have an additional USB-C port, for a total of two, along with the Pogo Pin connector for the included (and detachable) keyboard. Pricing for the Chromebook Duet 5 will start at $430, and Lenovo will release the device “starting October 2021.”

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

Although the Chromebook Duet 5 may end up being the most popular tablet announced, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro quite possibly could be the most intriguing. For quite some time, Samsung has been at the top of the Android tablet mountain all alone, but the Tab P12 Pro could change that.

It features a 12.6-inch AMOLED display and a faster 120Hz refresh rate to go along with its 2560 x 1600 resolution. Powering the device, is the Snapdragon 870 SoC coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of expandable storage. Battery life should be a beast as well, coming in with a rating of up to 17 hours on a single charge, while also supporting up to 45W charging speeds.

  • Display: 12.6-inch AMOLED
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • Front Camera: 8MP Fixed Focus
  • Rear Cameras: 5MP Wide Angle / 13MP Ultra-wide
  • Audio: Quad-speakers
  • Battery: Up to 17 hours
  • Charging: 45W
  • Price: Starting at $610

But perhaps the biggest benefit of the Tab P12 Pro comes via Project Unity. According to Lenovo, this “effectively transforms the device into a smart companion for your Windows 10 or 11 Lenovo PC.” Think of having an iPad and a MacBook using Sidecar, but for Windows. It’s something that Windows users have been longing for, and Lenovo is hoping to deliver. 

Pricing for the Tab P12 Pro starts at $610, and like the Chromebook Duet 5, the Tab P12 Pro will arrive in October.

Lenovo Tab P11 5G

Rounding out the exciting tablets from this latest announcement is the Lenovo Tab P11 5G. This is the first “consumer” Android tablet from Lenovo to feature 5G connectivity. But the biggest benefit lies within the portability offered by the lightweight form-factor. With an 11-inch display, you’ll be able to throw this in your bag and stay connected throughout the day.

And this IPS LCD display is even equipped with TÜV-certification to help keep your eyes healthy even when looking at the screen all day. For those who want to use this while being productive, there’s an optional keyboard case and support for the Lenovo Precision Pen 2.

  • Display: 11-inch IPS LCD
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Resolution: 2000 x 1200
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • Front Camera: 8MP Fixed Focus
  • Rear Cameras: 13MP Ultra-wide
  • Audio: Quad-speakers
  • Battery: Up to 14 hours
  • Charging: 20W
  • Price: Starting at $610

Under the hood, Lenovo is including the Snapdragon 750G paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. And with the 7,700mAh battery, the Tab P11 5G is rated to last for up to 14 hours on a single charge, while supporting 20W charging speeds.

The Lenovo Tab P11 5G is not currently coming to North America but will be released in other regions in October for 499€ (without VAT).

Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds

Rounding out today’s announcement, we have another option in the over-crowded earbud market with the Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds. Some of the features offered by the Smart Wireless Earbuds include Lenovo Smart Pair, which is not that dissimilar to Google’s Fast Pair technology. And with Lenovo Enhanced Multipoint, you’ll be able to connect the Earbuds with up to two devices at the same time.

Active Noise Cancellation is onboard, which is rather impressive when you consider that these are priced at just $99. According to the announcement, the Smart Wireless Earbuds are capable of “reducing up to 38 decibels of ambient noise”, which helps put these in range of the Nothing Earbuds. 

  • Drivers: 11mm Dynamic
  • Microphones: Six (6)
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Battery Life:
    • w/ ANC: Up to 5.4 hours
    • w/out ANC: Up to 7 hours
  • Waterproof: IPX4
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 / USB-C

Other features of the Smart Wireless Earbuds include up to 28 hours of battery life on a single charge, including up to seven hours of juice before needing to rely on the wireless charging case. And with the companion app, you can not only customize your gestures, but you’re also able to activate the ability to use Google Assistant hands-free.

The Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds are priced at $99 and will be available beginning in Q3 2021.

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