Lenovo has unveiled the generation of its IdeaPad laptops as part of the CES 2021. These laptops in spite of being portable, also aim for power and are powered by processors from a wide range of makers like Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm. As the next era of 5G connectivity is here, few of the models also boast of seamless wireless connectivity.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5G
The highlight of the lineup was, of course, the powered by Snapdragon 8cx SoC, which is built on a 7nm fabric and fully supports Windows 10. In addition, it comes fanless and promises quiet operation. Even though, it features 5G connectivity which is backed by X55 modem (sub 6GHz only), the WiFi 5 (802.11ac) is a letdown.
It features a 14-inch IPS LCD display with slim-bezels. The display supports Full HD resolution and covers 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and can crack the brightness up to 300 nits. For media and video calls, there is a pair of front-facing speakers paired with Dolby Audio and dual-array microphones.
It weighs just 1.2KG and is backed by a 51WHr battery that is expected to last 20 hours of video playback, provided its offline. Besides, it supports Rapid Charge Expres USB Type-C charging at a rate of 65W. It will make its debut in selected markets soon however the prices are not out yet.
Lenovo IdeaPad 4G/LTE
If you want to save some money or because 5G isn’t simply available in your area, you might want to shift your focus onto the Lenovo IdeaPad 4G/LTE which is powered by Snapdragon 8c. It comes with memory configurations that include, 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a PCIe SSD with up to 512GB capacity.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro (with Intel)
If you don’t want Always-on-Connectivity and would stick to the traditional x86 machines, Lenovo has got you covered too. The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro comes with 11th Gen Intel Processors and is offered in two screen sizes. The first one is of 14-inch and the next is of 16-inch and weighs 1.45KG and 2.0KG respectively. The smaller one has a 2.8K resolution and can reach up to 400 nits along with 90Hz refresh rate, whereas the larger model has a 2.5K resolution combined with 350 nits of brightness along with 120Hz refresh rate. Do note that both displays are IPS graded.
Coming to the question of what powers them, you can choose Intel’s 11th Gen CPU and go up to Core i7 paired with Nvidia MX450 GPU. Lenovo allows you to switch between maximum power and maximum efficiency by the pressing Fn+Q and calls it the Lenovo Q-Control. Coming to the memory, you can choose up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe M.2 SSD.
The 14-inch laptop has a 56.5 Whr and the 16-inch model gets an even larger 75 Whr cell that can be charged over Thunderbolt 4 port. Both models come with WIFi 6 out of the box. It features a 3D ToF sensor and Glance software by Mirametrix which is designed to pause the video playback as you move away from the laptop abruptly.
The Intel-powered IdeaPad 5 Pro will be available across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) March onwards but both of these will not make it to North America. The 14-inch model starts at €700 whereas the 16-inch model starts at €900.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (with AMD)
In case you want to go with AMD, there are certain models that are powered by the latest AMD Ryzen-H Series. These share the same 14-inch 90 Hz screen and 16-inch 120Hz display. With the 14-inch model, there is an option to get it with the Nvidia MX450 GPU whereas the 16-inch model can opt with Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics and up to 32GB DDR4 RAM. As of now the other specifications and unclear.
The major differentiating factor is availability. The 16-inch model will make it to North America and will start at $1,150. It is expected to hit shelves in May. On the other hand, the 14-inch version is going to Europe and will retail for €800. It will hit the shelves by March.
Alexa Show Mode for PC
In addition, the hardware announcements, Lenovo has introduced the Alexa Show Mode that will effectively turn your laptop into a smart display that would act as a hub for your smartphone. It supports various voice commands and displays at-a-glance information, like the date, time and weather. In short, it can do everything an Echo Show can.
The Alexa Mode will start its rollout in Q2 of 2021 and will be available for selected Yoga and IdeaPad laptops.
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