The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is arguably the best Chrome OS device on the market right now. But Asus plans to release a new Chromebook that could improve that near-perfect design. The Detachable CM3 tablet can stand vertically or horizontally thanks to an ingenious stand. And with a detachable keyboard, it becomes a full-fledged laptop. Add to that the solid aluminum unibody and storable stylus, and there̵
Asus hasn’t formally announced the device with a release date or pricing information yet, but it does have one landing page that tells us the rest of the story. It should have a high-end feel thanks to a solid aluminum unibody, a step up from Lenovo’s aluminum frame and plastic body. The included stylus slides into the tablet, so you don’t lose it. And when you put the stylus away, it also charges, so it’s ready to use when you need it.
The Hoes doubles as a stand that can support the tablet vertically or horizontally. In horizontal mode, the bottom of the device is slightly lifted for a more ergonomic position, just like the Surface Pro. Asus promises the CM3 will last for 12 hours on a charge, and the included 45W fast-charging adapter should get you up and running again in no time.
The CM3 display is a 10.5 ″ 1920 x 1200 touchscreen in a 16:10 format. A Media Tek MT8183C processor powers the machine, along with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB eMMC storage. You get Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 5, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera to round things out. If you need a better monitor, the CM3 can output through a Type-C USB 2.0 with support for display and power delivery. With the right monitor (or a portable monitor) you only need one cable.
It is not yet clear when the Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 will be released or how it will cost. But when Asus announced those details, we’ll let you know.