Lenovo took advantage of its virtual space at CES this year, which only starts next Monday (11), to announce new notebooks of the IdeaPad line, with emphasis on the IdeaPad 5 Pro, which offers AMD Ryzen processor and embedded Alexa for voice commands without the need for any specific button.
Altogether there are three variants of the same notebook, with very different functions and prices. The first of these is the Lenovo IdeaPad 5G, which is the Chinese manufacturer’s response to an almost abandoned market for notebook computers with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
As its name suggests, it has a 5G connection, but can be exchanged for 4G when the user is in a location without the latest generation for mobile data networks. The screen is 14 inches, with Full HD resolution and in a traditional notebook format. As has been advertised by Qualcomm, the battery of this notebook promises to last a long time away from the outlet. The official Lenovo number is 20 straight hours of use, which should translate into almost three working days over eight hours.
The 5G connection is controlled by a SIM card in a specific tray for it, allowing interaction with Sub-6 and Wi-Fi 5 networks when available in the surroundings. The chip responsible for all this, along with everything else in the notebook is the Snapdragon 8cx, with 8 GB of RAM and SSD M.2 in PCIe that can offer 256 GB or 512 GB for the user, with Windows 10 Pro or Home.
IdeaPad 5 Pro uses Alexa as in Echo Show
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro, along with its almost clone 5i Pro, offers an unusual detail in notebooks: Alexa present in more parts of the PC. The technology is called Shadow Mode and it turns the notebook into a kind of Echo Show with 14 or 16 inches. The functions are exactly the same as on the Amazon device with a screen, which means that you can order a song through Amazon Music or other compatible streaming services, ask the weather forecast and know the news without even touching the display.
Going for the more traditional side of a notebook, nothing draws attention here. The two models are basically identical in this respect, changing the screen size that can be 14 or 16 inches, next to the processor that is between an AMD Ryzen 5000 series or Intel Core i7 of eleventh generation, with dedicated GPU which is the GeForce MX450 for both sides, but on the 16-inch model an upgrade at the time of purchase delivers a representative of the recent RTX 3000 line – Lenovo does not specify which.
The RAM can be configured up to 32 GB in DDR4 and the internal memory can store 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of data in an M.2 SSD in PCIe.
In all models the aspect ratio of the screen is set to 16:10 and the edges of the display are quite small, while the screen resolution can display between 2.5K and 2.8K, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but that reaches up to 120 Hz for the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro.
When and how much?
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5G hits the international market sometime this year, leaving the United States aside for now. The price was also not revealed by the Chinese manufacturer. The IdeaPad 5 Pro with 16 inches and AMD Ryzen processor, together with the GPU RTX 3000 series, can be purchased for values starting at $ 1,149.99 and sales start in May this year.
The simplest 14-inch GPU version of the IdeaPad 5 Pro will be launched in March 2021 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with prices starting at 799 euros.
The 16-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro hits the same markets in the same month this year and starts at 899 euros. Its 14-inch variant also has March as a date to appear in stores in the same countries, costing from 699 euros.
With information: Lenovo.