The Lenovo Flex 5G has unbelievable battery life and strong cellular internet connectivity, but it’s too costly to be in any way worth purchasing in a global pandemic and recession. Particularly since Windows on ARM despite everything needs a lot more work to be a dependable day by day driver.
Part of the reason the Flex 5G is heavier is basically in light of the fact that it is a bigger PC than the competition. As one of the first laptops supporting mmWave 5G, the Flex has limited competition. Include its Snapdragon 8cx chipset and there’s basically no other PC to compare with. The most clear adversaries are the Surface Pro X, which uses a similar CPU and offers LTE rather than 5G, and the Galaxy Book S. We’ve yet to survey the last mentioned, however. HP also sells a version of its Elite Dragonfly ultraportable with 5G, however it uses Intel processors.
I’ve been spoiled by the super thin and light notebooks I’ve been trying of late, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and HP’s Elite Dragonfly. In comparison, the Lenovo Flex 5G feels very thick. In the event that the HP PC is a smooth dragonfly and the Galaxy Book Flex a rich butterfly, the Flex 5G is a dull, unremarkable moth. It’s greater and heftier, and not even close as lovely.Its dark grey-silver color looks dated, while the 0.58-inch profile and 2.97-pound footprint really weigh it down.
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The Lenovo Flex 5G has a 14-inch screen, compared with the 13-inch boards on the Surface Pro X and the Galaxy Book S and the HP Elite Dragonfly. That greater size should mean it has more space for ports, but you’ll just discover a couple of USB-C attachments on the left, just as a force catch and earphone jack on the right. Indeed, even the a lot sleeker Galaxy Book Flex offers three USB-C ports and an installed S Pen. I guess the Flex’s 5G antenna takes up a lot of space.
I do value that Lenovo included a physical switch for the right edge to quickly turn on flight mode, however. I’m additionally happy that the bezels surrounding the display are fairly slim, so at any rate that part feels like a machine made for 2020 as rather than 2018 (not at all like the Snapdragon 835-powered ASUS NovaGo).
Display and Audio
The Flex 5G’s 14-inch full HD show is good. It won’t take your socks off, but it is fresh enough that I could make out individual strands of hide on a sloth in a natural life video. The Surface Pro X has a more keen goal, however I haven’t generally seen a significant difference. At the point when I watched a trailer for Wonder Woman on the Lenovo Flex 5G, Diana’s brilliant tether and Chris Pine’s incredibly blue eyes also popped. The 400-nit screen was sufficient inside but was hard to read under direct daylight when I took it out hunting for 5G, however.
The speakers flanking the keyboard could also be better. I scarcely heard any bass in The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights or Lizzo’s Truth Hurts, and generally songs sounded tinny. To be reasonable, the Surface Pro X also suffers from thin sounding audio, as do some XPS machines. This is a fairly common problem with laptops, unfortunately.
Keyboard and Trackpad
Similarly as with most Lenovo note pads, the Lenovo Flex 5G has a very good keyboard, however it’s not as profound or comfortable as those on the company’s ThinkPads. Each key is generously sized and the design is evenly spaced. I’ve spent most of my quarantine on a smaller, 13-inch PC, so it took my fingers some time to change in accordance with this more extensive design, but everything I needed was within reach.
The Lenovo Flex 5G’s trackpad is comparably large, however once in a while it feels a little sluggish. The cursor development isn’t as smooth or smart as on the Galaxy Book Flex, but I had no issues with multi-finger motions like pinch-to-zoom or switching apps.
To the most distant right of the trackpad is the PC’s unique mark sensor. It fills in true to form, and offers an option in contrast to the IR camera over the presentation for Windows Hello logins. Both biometric login alternatives are quick, so you can pick whichever you like.
5G and LTE
So, application similarity sucks, but the Lenovo Flex 5G has its benefits. One of the features is in that spot in its name: 5G availability. Lenovo declared it was making a 5G PC with Qualcomm back in June 2019, however took a year to really dispatch the thing. The company probably required the additional chance to make sense of how to get its 5G antennas in the system. The Lenovo Flex 5G works with both mmWave and sub-6 Ghz technologies for up to 2 Gbps downloads over 5G. And keeping in mind that 5G coverage is still pretty sparse, you’ll get bounty quick assistance over gigabit LTE the remainder of the time.
Our review unit came with Verizon service and I had the option to depend on LTE for all my work. (Note: Verizon is our parent company, however has no influence over our publication content.) I downloaded benchmarks, program installers and even had a four-way video conference with no speed or picture quality issues.
The issue with Verizon’s ultra wideband 5G organize is that inclusion is still pretty scanty. As indicated by the transporter’s guides, I’d need to go across the road or stroll down the square for 5G, however in any event, when I went out hunting for a signal, I never discovered one. It’s nice that Lenovo able to build support for the super fast mmWave technology that Verizon’s system depends on, however I don’t know the tradeoff in size and weight are worth it.
In any event the company didn’t compromise on battery life for 5G, however. My gosh the battery life on this thing. The multi-day runtime claims here are valid. I could by and large use the Lenovo Flex 5G for an entire workday and part of another on a single charge. Since I haven’t been working outside a lot, I haven’t connected the Flex to 5G, however it’s reasonable for expect that would ding the battery life a piece.
Lenovo Flex 5G
Microsoft Surface Pro X
Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex
On our battery test, the Flex 5G’s hit an impressive 16 hour and 47 minutes, beating each other PC we’ve tried for this present year by a really significant margin. In runner up is the Dell XPS 13 with a 15:55 runtime. And that’s despite the fact that the Flex 5G just has a somewhat increasingly liberal 60 Whr battery compared to Dell’s 56 Whr cell.
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
Incredible battery life
Reliable cellular connectivity
Hit-or-miss app compatibility