CES 2021 will arrive in full force next week, but Lenovo has begun early unveiling new laptops, Android tablet and a new YOGA All-In-One desktop with a swivel hinge.
Ideapad 5 Series
The Ideapad line will be made available in three models, including the IdeaPad 5G with 14-inch display, as well as an Ideapad 5 Pro and IdeaPad 5i Pro, both of which will come with either 14” or 16” display.
Lenovo has split their models by CPU type, with the Ideapad 5G headlining the series with a Qualcomm mobile processor. The Ideapad 5i Pro will offer Intel CPUs, while the IdeaPad 5 Pro will offer AMD CPU options to customers.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5G is the headliner for the IdeaPad 5 series, with a 14” FHD resolution IPS display, and runs an ARM based processor offering the promise of long battery life with comparable performance.
The IdeaPad 5G uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor which is paired with the X55 modem which is capable of download speeds up to 7.5Gbps (sub-6GHz only, no mmWave). This pairing gets you on the go ASAP, with Lenovo saying ‘Instant on with Modern Standby means your IdeaPad 5G laptop is ready to work and explore when you are.‘
Internally you’ll get 8GB LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage and it’s all powered by a 51WHr battery which includes support for Rapid Charge Express which can give you up to three hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charge via the USB Type-C port.
The IdeaPad 5i Pro caters for the Intel crowd, offering options for the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors, and Nvidia MX450 graphics. While the IPS display on the 14” display uses a 90Hz display, the 16” model comes with an impressive 120Hz display. Users can get up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB PCIe M.2 storage.
For AMD fans, the IdeaPad 5 Pro offers the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors and options for Nvidia graphics. The 14” IdeaPad 5 Pro will offer the Nvidia MX450, while the 16” model will get the option to include a next-gen NVIDIA GeForce RTXTM GPUs – though information on this is scarce at the moment.
On the memory front, the 14” model will be able to have up to 16GB of RAM, while the 16” model will be able to include up to 32GB of memory. Both will offer the option to include a 1TB M2 SSD.
It’s still unclear if the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 will be launching here, with Lenovo Australia says that ‘local pricing and availability to be confirmed’.
For the Ideapad 5 Pro, Lenovo are launching the 16” model with the latest AMD Ryzen H-Series Mobile Processors and next-gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs from JUne, while the 14” model will hit our shores in May, with local pricing to be confirmed for both.
Likewise, the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro 14” model will hit Australia in May, while the 16” model will arrive in June.
For those looking for a new all-in-one solution for their desktop, the YOGA AIO should definitely be on your radar.
The All-In-One form factor houses a 27-inch 4K IPS display which can rotate from landscape to portrait orientation with a simple push, thanks to Lenovo’s exclusive rotatable hinge design. The content on your screen will also rotate to match the new orientation, letting you view content how it was meant to be consumed and while the swivel is the big news, you can also tilt the screen from 0-20 degrees.
As well as having a decent helping of power, the Yoga AIO 7 also looks great in Cloud Grey and Moon White colour options.
The All-in-One PC comes with power to spare thanks to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics. There’s also both USB-C and USB-A ports, as well as RJ45 ethernet for connectivity
The YOGA AIO 7 will hit Australian shores from April 2021 starting at $2,499, although you can spec it right up with the top model set to be priced at $3,999.
Lenovo Tab P11
If you’ve been waiting for a new tablet, the Lenovo Tab P11 is sure to hit the right notes, with the tablet a sleek and powerful option, that won’t break the bank.
The Android tablet includes a spacious 11-inch HD resolution (1200×2000) IPS display for watching movies, and a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos compatible audio system which correctly orients stereo sound no matter if you’re watching in portrait or landscape.
There’s plenty of power too thanks to the Snapdragon 662 processor and up to 6GB of RAM, and you’ll go all day thanks to the 7,700mAh battery for all day media watching.
The tablet looks the business in a two-tone aluminium finish, and there’s options for including a magnetically attaching back panel that has a kick-stand built-in, or a keyboard that also attaches with magnets and pogo pins for easy connection.
Lenovo have also ensured artists and creators will love the Tab P11 with the Lenovo Precision pen offered as a compatible option. The Lenovo Precision pen offers up to 4096 pressure sensitivity points to give you as much versatility as possible.
Lenovo is also positioning the Tab P11 as family friendly, with the Android build also including Kids Space from Google. Kids Space from Google is ‘a new kids mode that features apps, books, and videos to help kids under nine years of age learn and have fun’.
Lenovo says the Tab P11 will hit stores in May for AUD $549.
LAVIE Pro Mobile and LAVIE MINI
Lenovo has also announced two new LAVIE PCs, as part of their joint venture company with NEC Corporation. The LAVIE Pro Mobile is a fairly traditional clamshell style laptop, while the LAVIE MINI is an 8-inch ultra-mobile concept.
Lenovo and NEC Corp have done something pretty neat with the LAVIE Mini. The pocket-sized PC has an 8-inch FHD+ touch display with keyboard and weighs just 579 grams.
Despite the diminutive size the PC will be offered with up to 11th gen Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD.
The mini laptop will be offered in Crystal White, and it looks very sleek, with a 360-degree hinge giving you the option to use it as a laptop, tablet or anywhere in between.
The LAVIE Mini will come with accessory options including an optional gaming controller which gives you left/right trigger buttons, and analog thumbsticks, or you can place the LAVIE Mini into the optional HDMI dock which also includes USB-ports and charging.
LAVIE Pro Mobile
The LAVIE Pro Mobile includes a 13.3-inch display but weighs in at just 889 grams, thanks to the carbon fibre cover, which is supplied in Navy Blue and comes with a 180-degree ‘lay flat’ hinge.
The LAVIE Pro Mobile will have plenty of power even with the smaller, lighter form factor. The options include up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 “TigerLake” processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics. The powerful combination includes a battery with up to 10-hours of battery life.
As far as getting your hands on either the LAVIE Mini or the LAVIE Pro Mobile, Lenovo says that local pricing and availability are still to be confirmed.
Lenovo also unveiled two stylish new consumer IPS displays, the Lenovo L24i-30 and L27e-30.
The FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution panels come in two sizes, 23.8-inch (L24i-30) and 27-inch (L27e-30). The IPS LCD panels are certified by TUV Rheinland to reduce blue light flickering.
The monitors support up to 75Hz refresh through the HDMI input and also support AMD FreeSync technology for stutter-free gaming.
As monitor stands go, Lenovo has done something a little different, including both hidden cable management features and an integrated smartphone holder, a neat little feature.
Lenovo says the Lenovo L27e-30 will arrive next month in February for $249, with the L24i-30 arriving in March for $189.
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