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Your email address will not be published. With a 360-degree hinge, you can use the Flex 5G as a notebook, tablet, or in tent mode to present information or consume media on its 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. It’s similar to the Qualcomm-Microsoft SQ1 chipset that powers the Surface Pro X, and the technical differences aren’t very clear. The Lenovo Flex 5G comes in only one configuration and is available now for a steep $1,399 (about £1,070/AU$1,955). During my outdoor testing, I frequently noticed the Flex 5G switching between LTE and 5G even when I was standing still on the same street corner in an area of 5G coverage. The display of third-party trademarks and trade names on this site does not necessarily indicate any affiliation or the endorsement of PCMag. Its maximum brightness level of 400 nits is viewable in nearly any indoor lighting condition, although I found it difficult to see outdoors on a partly cloudy day. The Flex 5G’s 14-inch full HD display is decent. In the notch above the display, there's a camera that captures 720p video. Basic gray, no visual flair. As one of the first laptops supporting mmWave 5G, the Flex has limited competition. The Flex 5G was mostly capable of managing my usual workload… Until it wasn’t. One of the highlights is right there in its name: 5G connectivity. I do appreciate that Lenovo included a physical switch on the right edge to quickly turn on airplane mode, though. Hi. Subscribe to the CNET Now newsletter for our editors' picks of the most important stories of the day. It's a hair under three pounds and just about 15mm thick, roughly putting it in MacBook Air territory, but with a slightly larger 14-inch screen.

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The Flex 5G will be available starting June 18 through Verizon for $1,399. Connect, create, collaborate and more with remarkable performance, speed and up to a day of battery life 2. In the United States, the Flex 5G will launch on Verizon Wireless.
Its keycaps are flat, not scalloped like the ones on most ThinkPad laptops, but they're still quite comfortable to type on. Apple MacBook Pro vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Which 13-Inch Premium Laptop Is Tops? We want to hear what you think.

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I downloaded benchmarks, program installers and even had a four-way video conference with no speed or image quality issues. Likewise, if Verizon's 5G coverage has already arrived on your block, or you must travel frequently despite the pandemic, the Flex 5G could be a worthwhile purchase now.

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The 13.3-inch HP Elite Dragonfly, for instance, has a slightly narrower chassis and starts at just 2.2 pounds. That’s a major price-jump from Lenovo’s existing Qualcomm ultrabook, the Yoga C630, which started at around $950 at launch and can be found for $600 these days.

The Flex 5G's slim, lightweight chassis ensures it won't be a burden in your briefcase or handbag. It works as expected, and offers an alternative to the IR camera above the display for Windows Hello logins. The company noted that 5G mobile broadband promises up to 10 times the speeds of the existing 4G LTE standard used on many of the connected smartphones, tablets, and laptops in use today. So is there good 5G where you travel/ work/ live?

My slice of Brooklyn had a handful of cafes that recently added sidewalk tables and chairs, at distances that at least seemed relatively close to six feet apart. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. It's slightly smaller and lighter than Lenovo's flagship consumer 2-in-1, the 14-inch Yoga C940, though it's not the lightest ultraportable out there. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology. Along the Flex 5G's left edge, you'll find two USB Type-C ports which can be used to connect peripherals, including external displays if you've got a USB-to-HDMI or USB-to-DisplayPort adapter.

Fortunately, Lenovo soon showed some flexibility (sorry) and turned the Flex line into a true 360-degree hybrid. The new Lenovo Flex 5G, the first 5G laptop you can buy, adds that buzz-heavy feature to an otherwise gray suit of a laptop. Despite the power efficiency of the chip, users of the Snapdragon PC platform have complainedin the past  about performance bottlenecks because x86 programs have to be emulated to run on ARM.
The main selling point is the always-connected Qualcomm 8cx hardware platform, that allows instant resume times, snappy everyday performance and more efficient runtimes than the existing Intel/AMD platforms, that would translate in up to 24 hours of battery life (according to Lenovo’s literature) – so more like 8-12 hours of actual use. The USB Type-C ports also accept the cable from the AC adapter to charge the system's 60-watt-hour battery. In 2019, Lenovo announced it would be the first to make a 5G laptop with Qualcomm’s Windows on Snapdragon platform. It helped that the Flex line is one of those rare secret weapons of the laptop business. Snapdragon 8cx 5G provides a superior always-on, always-connected computing experience, so you can create, collaborate, and communicate from anywhere. Activate and set up your Flex 5G. While they failed to be the first with a Qualcomm 8cx computer in stores, Project Limitless has now transformed into a real product, the Lenovo Yoga 5G (of Flex 5G in the United States). If there's a golden age of thin and light ultraportable laptops fused with the latest (pricey) 5G technology, well, this ain't it. I’m also glad that the bezels surrounding the display are fairly slim, so at least that part feels like a machine made for 2020 rather than 2018 (unlike the Snapdragon 835-powered ASUS NovaGo). (Note: Verizon is our parent company, but has no control over our editorial content.) This was not the Always On experience that Qualcomm and Microsoft promised, and it was noticeably slower than other Snapdragon laptops I’ve tested. Lenovo Flex 5G - Support Overview Find device-specific support and online tools for your Lenovo Flex 5G. Inside, the Flex 5G has a Qualcomm X55 modem, which can access nearly every cellular network available in the U.S. and many other countries, from 2G to 5G. Lenovo’s Flex 5G is the first 5G laptop you can buy By Chuong Nguyen June 18, 2020 With the launch of the Flex 5G laptop, Lenovo says it has become …

At least the company didn’t compromise on battery life for 5G, though. HP also sells a version of its Elite Dragonfly ultraportable with 5G, but it uses Intel processors. With a 360-degree hinge, the Flex 5G can be used as a conventional laptop or propped up like an easel or a tent on your desk. That bigger size should mean it has more room for ports, but you’ll only find a pair of USB-C sockets on the left, as well as a power button and headphone jack on the right. During the pandemic, potential owners are unlikely to travel frequently enough to encounter significant pockets of 5G coverage. It uses the Snapdragon 8cx chipset that’s similar to the one in the Surface Pro X and the Galaxy Book S. But like every Snapdragon PC out there, this laptop suffers from app compatibility problems and buggy performance. These are the two most comparable models to the Flex 5G, at least as far as computing components and wireless connectivity are concerned. In addition to the PCMark 10 applications test, the 3DMark Night Raid test is also compatible with Snapdragon-powered Windows PCs. Excellent battery life 5G connectivity Stylish design Comfortable keyboard Fanless, silent operation The Flex 5G uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to handle computing and graphics acceleration, instead of the more common Intel Core and AMD Ryzen chips.