Lenovo’s new IdeaPad laptop is 5G-ready

Posted: 8 January 2021 1:49 pm
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At CES 2021, Lenovo has unveiled a suite of new tablet and laptop products with some pretty sweet connectivity options and battery life.

CES isn't strictly speaking a laptop show to speak of, given its broader consumer technology focus, but these days laptops and tablets pretty much are consumer technology. At the now-virtual CES show, Lenovo has announced a slate of new laptops and tablets that will hit the Australian market around mid-year.

The new flagship of the Lenovo line is the IdeaPad 5G. As the name suggests, it's a 5G capable – although Sub-6Ghz, only, not mmWave – laptop with a 14-inch display, Wi-Fi 5 onboard and a claimed battery life of up to 20 hours. That battery life and 5G access rest on the fact that it's another Qualcomm-based Windows 10 laptop, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform with a Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU and X55 modem on board.

It's very much pitched as a mobile productivity machine, given the 1920x1080 display. While Lenovo hasn't announced local pricing, if it is high you'll probably be able to save a few dollars if you opt instead for the Lenovo IdeaPad 4G/LTE, which swaps in the Snapdragon 8c compute platform. Either model will ship with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage.

One of the catches with Qualcomm-based (or ARM based, really) Windows 10 laptops is that not everything Windows 10 will run on them just yet, so if you do prefer that higher level of compatibility, Lenovo is also readying an array of more traditionally x86 CPU based laptops. The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro and Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro use either 14-inch or 16-inch displays and either Intel Core i7 Processors on the 5i Pro or AMD Ryzen Mobile on the 5 Pro variants, along with 16GB DDR4 of memory and up to 1TB SSD PCIe M.2 on the storage front.

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Lenovo is also leaning heavily on Amazon's Alexa assistant, which will be integrated into what it's calling Show Mode for PC. This uses the laptop's display and Amazon's virtual assistant to turn it into what is in effect either a 14-inch or 16-inch Amazon Echo Show. A little more expensive than an Echo Show, to be sure, but one that can also of course work as a regular PC most of the time, and a smart display for when you want to go hands-free.

On the tablet side, Lenovo is looking to take on Apple's strong market presence via iPad and iPad Pro with its latest Android tablet, the Lenovo Tab P11. It's an 11-inch 2000x1200 pixel Android Tablet running on the Snapdragon 662 platform, integrated LTE and 6GB of onboard RAM. Lenovo will sell an optional stylus, the Lenovo Precision Pen 2, and optional Keyboard Pack, if you crave more of an iPad Pro-style experience.

Pricing

Lenovo hasn't yet confirmed when the Lenovo IdeaPad 5G will hit our shores, or what it will cost. The 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro laptop with AMD processors will be available from June, while the 14-inch models will land in Australia in May, with pricing to be confirmed. We'll see the Intel-based IdeaPad Pro 5i from June, again with no released pricing as yet, while the 14-inch models will also arrive in May.

The one product where we do have a sniff of pricing is the Lenovo Tab P11, which will arrive in May with pricing starting at $549, although the keyboard pack and Precision Pen 2 will cost extra.

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