The Lenovo Flex 5G is a $1,400 5G laptop with Qualcomm inside
Known as the Yoga 5G in some markets, it's powered by a 5G radio and a Snapdragon 8cx processor.
By Mark Hachman
PCWorldJun 17, 2020 9:49 am PDT
The Lenovo Flex 5G has gone by many names, including Project Limitless and the Yoga 5G. As it finally launches, it will be called the Lenovo Flex 5G in the United State (and the Yoga 5G in some other markets). They’re all the same 14-inch 2-in-1, which will ship from Verizon on June 18 for $1,400.
By any name, we first saw the Flex 5G/Yoga 5G at Computex in 2019. Known originally as Project Limitless, it was noteworthy as the first laptop with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip inside, the company’s latest update to take on Intel’s Core-powered PCs. (The Snapdragon chip Qualcomm is shipping inside the Flex 5G is officially known as the Snapdragon 8cx 5G, to highlight the 5G radio.)
In January, Lenovo announced the Yoga 5G (now called the Flex 5G) at an interesting juncture. Microsoft’s Surface Pro X had just debuted with a custom Snapdragon 8cx chip inside, providing increased computing power at the expense of battery life—falling short of Intel’s PCs on both counts, unfortunately. In March, Samsung followed that up with the Galaxy Book S. Powered by the vanilla 8cx (long before the company unveiled a version based on Intel’s Lakefield), it delivered the incredible battery life we expected.
If the Surface Pro X emphasized performance, and the Galaxy Book S battery life, it appears that the Flex 5G will focus on the other aspect of the Snapdragon sales pitch: 5G connectivity. (There’s also 24 hours of battery life under the hood, Lenovo says.)
According to Lenovo, the Flex 5G (did you also know it was called the Yoga 5G?) will be sold for $58.33 per month for 24 months, or for a one-time fee of $1,400. As a bonus, Lenovo and Microsoft are providing a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365, the new name for Office 365.
Lenovo said the Flex 5G was engineered so that the 5G antenna could be shrunk small enough to fit into a slim chassis, while still providing radio coverage in either the laptop or tent mode of the 2-in-1 form factor. “The Lenovo team ultimately achieved this by innovating and patenting a new 5G antenna system—what became the industry’s smallest 5G module, supporting both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz—a design that allowed for 5G coverage in both laptop and tablet modes,” Lenovo said.
Today, Verizon also announced its 5G Unlimited laptop plan. For $30 per month with an existing line ($90 without), customers will receive unlimited access to 5G Ultra Wideband, unlimited access to 5G Ultra Wideband Hotspot, and unlimited 4K HD-quality streaming video. On Verizon’s 4G LTE, they’ll receive “unlimited” 4G LTE data (with 15GB of premium data), “unlimited” hotspot data (15GB at 4G LTE) and HD-quality streaming video at 720p.
Lenovo has previously provided some of the Lenovo Flex 5G’s specifications:
Lenovo Flex 5G basic specs
Display: 14-inch (1920×1080) IPS, 400 nits
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G
Graphics: Adreno 680
Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB, 512GB SSD
Ports: 2 USB-C (power, DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Gen 1); 1 nanoSIM, 3.5mm
Camera: IR camera
Battery: 60Wh (24 hours)
Wireless: 5G mmWave, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating system: Windows 10
Dimensions: 12.65 x 8.46 x 0.58 inches (14.7mm)
Weight: 2.97 pounds
Color: Iron Grey (Aluminum top)
Price and availability: $1,400, available June 18 from Verizon
Updated at 9:49 AM on June 17 to correct the name of the Snapdragon chip from the Snapdragon 8cx to the Snapdragon 8cx 5G.