Updated: Aug 20
2020 has been a real eye-opener. In a sudden turn of events, many of us were forced to work from home and our daily mundane tasks like meetings, conferences, collaborations or even a simple meal with friends have all turned digital. Everyone now requires a computing device that not only performs great, but also offers quality of life features such as a good webcam, a clear microphone, great battery life and more.
This upcoming CES 2021, Lenovo is set to take that a step further to make the work from home experience even better.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5G
With up to 20 hours of battery life of continuous video playback and lightning-fast 5G speeds, the IdeaPad 5G is certainly packing quite a lot, and you get that all in a thin and light fan-less chassis.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cs 5G SoC which incorporates Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics and Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF system, this nifty laptop will allow you to download large files faster than ever before, and rest assured that you won’t lose a frame in your video feed, especially during those really important meetings that you might have. The display is also fantastic, hitting all the right spots, with a 14-inch (1920 x 1080) IPS panel which covers 100% sRGB and can get up to 300 nits in brightness. You’ll also get useful features such as facial recognition with Windows Hello and with it weighing just about 1.2kg (2.6 lbs), it is pretty light to carry around.
Also available is the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 4G/LTE. Both models can be equipped with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage.
The IdeaPad 5G is expected to be available in select markets. Pricing will be known at a later date.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro & IdeaPad 5 Pro
Lenovo’s most powerful IdeaPad laptops yet… and their first IdeaPad laptop to offer a 16:10 aspect ratio for the display. Things are looking interesting!
As the name suggests, the IdeaPad 5i Pro will be equipped with up to the latest 11th-Gen Intel Core i7 processors while the IdeaPad 5 Pro will come with the next-gen AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors (coming soon). Both models will be available in 14-inch or 16-inch and feature an all-metal chassis in either Cloud Grey or Storm Grey for the colour.
For the 14-inch model with either Intel or AMD offerings, you can also opt for the NVIDIA MX450 for graphics, get up to a 14-inch 2.8K (16:10) IPS display with a 90Hz refresh rate and up to 400 nits of brightness, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage along with a 56.5WHr battery with support for Rapid Charge Boost.
For the 16-inch model, also with either Intel or AMD offerings, you can opt for the NVIDIA MX460 for graphics, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage and a 75WHr battery with support for Rapid Charge Boost. As you can tell, it’s pretty much the same. The main difference would be the display. For the 16-inch models, you can get up to a 16-inch 2.5K (16:10) IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 350 nits in brightness.
Whichever model you might be interested in, you can expect a weight of about 1.45kg for the 14-inch model, and roughly 2kg for the larger 16-inch model. All variants will enjoy a larger trackpad over previous generations, an IR camera that will provide features such as facial recognition via Windows Hello and even a attention-sensing software from Glance by Mirametrix which makes use of the time-of-flight (ToF) sensors and can do things such as pausing your video when you walk away to grab a cup of coffee. Lenovo even claims that the laptop will call out with an alarm if it’s moved when your back is turned…? Talk about utmost security!
The 14-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro and 5 Pro will not be available in North America at this time but is expected to be available in EMEA in March 2021 and will start at €699.00 and €799.00 respectively. The 16-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro is not available in North America but is expected to be available in EMEA starting March 2021 and will start at €899.00. The 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro is expected to be available starting May 2021 and will start at US$1149.99.
Lenovo Tab P11
Now if laptops aren’t your thing, perhaps this might interest you. Geared towards learning and light productivity, the Lenovo Tab P11 will cover all your basic needs and even more.
Offering an 11-inch 2K (2000 x 1200) touchscreen IPS display that can get up to about 400 nits in brightness and comes with integrated Eye Care mode technology certified by TÜV Rheinland, this will simply be a great display no matter what you use it for. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Mobile SoC with advanced LTE, integrated Qualcomm FastConnect subsystem and packed with 6GB of RAM, it certainly packs quite a punch in a compact little tablet. So be it just casual browsing or back-to-back Netflix streaming, it can pretty much handle them all.
Need to quickly get into a video call? No issues either. It comes with a 8MP front camera and also has a Smart Privacy feature, which will blur your background which will help to make your video just a tad cleaner.
It’s family-friendly as well, for it comes with Kids Space from Google, a new kids mode that features apps, books and videos to help kids under nine years of age learn and have fun.
If you need more from a tablet, you can also equip the Lenovo Tab P11 with the optional, ultra-thin Keyboard Pack with has a built-in trackpad. It comes integrated with a magnetic stand cover and a kickstand to prop up the tablet on any flat surface. If you’re more into drawing or you just like to take down notes traditionally, the tablet also supports the Lenovo Precision Pen 2, which has a long battery life of up to 200 hours and comes with a USB Type-C plug for charging.
The Lenovo Tab P11 will start at US$229.99USD and will be available starting today.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 7
Not a fan of laptops or tablets? Perhaps an all-in-one (AIO) would be right up your alley.
Lenovo claims that the Yoga AIO 7 is the world’s first all-in-one desktop computer screen with a 27-inch 4K IPS display that supports both 99% DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB colour standards. When paired with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor for the CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 for the GPU, you can expect stunning visuals, be it for simple multi-tasking, content creation or heavy gaming. Top all of that off with a pair of JBL Harman-certified stereo speakers, and you can also expect a pretty immersive experience no matter what you do. Other nifty features include Lenovo’s exclusive rotatable hinge and an integrated wireless casting hardware which will allow you to active the display remotely from a tablet or smartphone without have to turn on your desktop.
Available in either Cloud Grey or Moon White, with colour-matched and bundled accessories respectively, the Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 is available now in China and expected to be available in select markets in February 2021 with a starting price of US$1599. Unfortunately, it is not available in North America at this time.
Lenovo L24i-30 & L27e-30 Monitors
A good monitor goes a long way. The Lenovo L24i-30 and Lenovo L27e-30 are 24-inch and 27-inch monitors respectively, offer a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel with advanced anti-glare and Eye Comfort technology certified by TÜV Rheinland to minimize blue light and flickering throughout the day. Both monitors also come with AMD FreeSync technology, and are capable of refresh rates up to 75Hz via HDMI.
Other useful features include a hidden cable management system and an integrated smartphone holder.
Both the Lenovo L24i-30 Monitor and L27e-30 Monitor are expected to be available from March 2021 and will start at US$159.99 and US$189.99 respectively.
Written by Soon Kai Hong