Earlier this week, Android Police reported that Asus’ online store showed that the detachable Asus Chromebook CM3 will be available soon. this in two forms The 64 GB storage version is “coming soon” at $369.99, while the 128 GB version is just $20. If you can’t wait for the detachable Asus Chromebook CM3, you can order it now on Amazon and get it on Amazon. this week
Even better: You’ll save $40 off Asus Store prices. Amazon sells this device for $329.99.
Please note that at the time of this post Amazon is only offering the 64 GB model, I expect that will change in the near future, but will Amazon reduce the price on the 128 GB model? That remains to be seen.
Personally, I̵7;d opt for the 128 GB model, offering a small premium to double the local storage. Keep that in mind before hitting Amazon to order this tablet. This device does not have a memory card slot.
It’s also worth mentioning that there are very few differences between the detachable Asus Chromebook CM3 and the Lenovo Duet Chromebook from last year. For example, they share a base CPU and GPU. And both have 1920 x 1200 resolution touch screens. Each also comes with 4 GB of memory, a single USB Type-C port, and supports USI stylus.
The two Chrome OS tablets are more similar in other words, and the Lenovo Duet Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is usually on sale for $249.99. That’s a $50 off MSRP.
However, there are some unique aspects to the detachable Asus Chromebook CM3.
It has a slightly larger 10.5-inch screen compared to the 10.1-inch Duet. That extra screen space makes for a slightly wider detachable keyboard. which is based on the video comparison below. It appears to be less cramped than the Duet’s similar keyboards.
More importantly, the Asus keyboard attaches to both the POGO pins and magnets at the bottom of the screen. That’s important if you plan to use this tiny device in your lap. You’ll have more typing stability with CM3.
Asus also included an embedded USI stylus with the CM3. You’ll need to bring your own digital pen to the Duet, and there’s no place to store it either.
The Asus Chromebook CM3 has a cool trick the Duet doesn’t: The kickstand can be used in either landscape or portrait mode. That’s a smart design and worth a little extra. I would use it to read eBooks or scroll around in portrait mode for example.
Since Amazon has the CM3 in stock, I think the Asus Store will start taking orders next week or so.
However, if you want to save a few bucks and don’t mind the 64 GB model, you can buy it from Amazon here.