This year is definitely all about 5G gadgets – phone manufacturers have slowly adapted to this. In fact, there are now a number of 5G smartphones launched from different brands in the first half of the year.
But who says you can only get 5G service on smartphones? Lenovo has just unveiled its 5G 14-inch Flex laptop that the company claims is the world’s first 5G laptop.
And get this… it is now available in the US.
Lenovo Flex complete specs
Back at CES 2020, Lenovo promised that it was going to make the world’s first 5G laptop. Amazingly just six months later, it seems that the company is ready to deliver that promise. The all-new Lenovo Flex 5G is here which goes on sale later this week.
If you think you’re already sold because of the 5G connectivity, wait until you see what’s underneath the hood.
Lenovo’s Flex 5G will be known as Yoga outside the US. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor. This laptop leans more towards power efficiency and fast always-on internet access rather than all-out performance.
And what’s more? Because the Snapdragon 8cx is an ARM-based CPU instead of a traditional x86-based chip, the device will run some compatibility issues with some apps. This will particularly include heavy apps, like gaming, video editing apps, or if you run older 32-bit software.
Flex 5G supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G. Additionally, it boasts faster wake times than your average Windows notebook and claims for a longer battery life of up to 24 hours.
Not your typical laptop
Although all that sounds goods, the Flex 5G is not yo0ur typical 14-inch Windows 2-in-1 laptop.
The Flex 5G is not quite as customizable as a regular laptop. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, unfortunately, with no options for any kind of expandability.
But it does feature a very nice 14-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen with 400 nits of brightness, with three USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
While the Flex 5G supports all the main 5G bands currently existing in the US, the only carrier that will only sell the device is Verizon. And that could be a potential hiccup. It is still unclear if the Flex 5G is locked strictly to Verizon or if buyers will be able to bring the Flex 5G to other networks.
Here is what you will be expecting from the Flex 5G…
The Flex 5G weighs 2.97 pounds and is pretty portable too – especially when compared to most 14-inch laptops. Nowadays, portability and fast wireless internet connection are what most people need especially when traveling.
Lastly, the Flex 5G will be available this June 18 directly from Lenovo or Verizon with a whopping price tag of $1,400 – which most users would probably opt sticking with a standard Intel or AMD x86-based laptop instead.
Now that the market has already had a number of 5G smartphones, it was only a matter of time that laptops would follow suit. It starts with Lenovo’s Flex 5G, but as we go on we will surely see other manufacturers launching their own as carriers continue to expand and improve the 5G coverage across the globe.