Lenovo Flex 5G launches in the U.S. with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G and Windows 10 on ARM
Earlier this year at CES 2020, Lenovo announced the Yoga 5G 2-in-1 convertible laptop. This laptop featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, Qualcomm’s highest-end ARM-based SoC designed for “Always On, Always Connected” PCs (ACPCs). As such, the Lenovo Yoga 5G runs Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM, much like the Microsoft Surface Pro X and Samsung Galaxy Book S. Unlike the Surface Pro X and the Galaxy Book S, however, the Yoga 5G will support 5G NR connectivity (hence the name). Today, Lenovo has announced that they have partnered with Verizon to bring the Yoga 5G to the U.S. under the name “Lenovo Flex 5G.”
|Lenovo Flex 5G Specifications|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G (8C, 8x Kryo 495 @2.84GHz)|
|Graphics||Integrated Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SoC Platform|
|Memory||8GB Soldered LPDDR4X-1866|
|Storage||256GB UFS 3.0|
|Display||14″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS 400nits Glossy, 10-point Multi-touch|
|WLAN + Bluetooth||11ac, 2×2 + BT5.0|
|WWAN||Foxconn T99W175 5G|
|SIM Card||Nano-SIM Card Verizon 5G|
|Case Material||Aluminum (Top), Magnesium/Aluminum (Bottom)|
|Camera||720p + IR|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.1 1 x Type-C Gen 2|
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, nano-SIM
|Keyboard||Backlit, English (US)|
|Fingerprint Reader||Touch Style|
|TPM||FW TPM 2.0|
|Size||12.65″ x 8.46″ x 0.57″ (321.4mm x 215mm x 14.7mm)|
Starting at 1.35 kg / 2.97 lb.
|Power Adapter||45W USB-C|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64, English|
Like the Surface Pro X and Galaxy Book S, the Lenovo Flex 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform. The Verizon version of this laptop is designed to support the carrier’s Ultra Wideband mmWave 5G NR network in addition to sub-6GHz 5G networks.
Looking beyond 5G, the Lenovo Flex 5G is a very attractive laptop. It has a sleek design with a 360-degree hinge and touchscreen. It weighs just 2.97 lbs and has a 14-inch 1080p display with very slim bezels on three sides. The Flex 5G packs 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. In terms of ports, you’re looking at two USB-C 3.1 ports, a headphone/microphone combo port, and a nano-SIM slot. The battery is rated at 60Wh and Lenovo claims “up-to-24-hour” battery life. There is also a fingerprint scanner for biometric security.
Pricing & Availability
The Lenovo Flex 5G will be available in the U.S. on June 18th at Verizon for $1,399 or $58.33 per month for 24 months on the Verizon Device Payment Plan. The Lenovo Yoga 5G will be available later this year outside of the U.S. through Lenovo.com and carriers including EE in the United Kingdom, Sunrise in Switzerland, and China Mobile in China.
Verizon is launching some new 5G plans to coincide with the launch of the Flex 5G. The new 5G Ultra Wideband Connected Device Plan starts at $30 per month. Verizon will also be offering several accessories to go along with the device, including a USB-C hub, Incase sleeve, and Logitech Pebble mouse. Anyone who buys the Flex 5G from Verizon will get a free year of Microsoft 365 as well.