It’s a mobile show at Mobile World Congress, but there’s also a slew of announcements from manufacturers including Lenovo who has unveiled their latest range of upcoming laptops and tablets.
Lenovo is also refreshing their IdeaPad Flex range with new laptops running both Windows and Chrome OS..
The new range offers a number of Windows based options including the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 convertible laptops which are available with either 14-inch or 16-inch display.
On the Chrome OS side of the fence, Lenovo will be offering the Ideapad Flex 5i Chromebook with a 14-inch display, the Ideapad Flex 3i Chromebook with 15” display, Ideapad Duet 3 Chromebook – the compact successor to the hugely popular Chromebook Duet.
Across their IdeaPad line, Lenovo has re-designed their hinge system so it’s now a drop-down hinge design, which allows the keyboard to slightly lift when opening the laptop. This offers a dual benefit in being more comfortable to type on, as well as for improved cooling with better airflow.
IdeaPad Flex 5i and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (Windows)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 are being offered with both the different screen sizes, as well as an option for an OLED display. There’s also processor options, hence the split naming, with the IdeaPad Flex 5 including up to AMD Ryzen 7 U and the Flex 5i offering options up to an Intel 12th Gen Core i7 CPUs.
Lenovo will offer both the IdeaPad Flex 5i and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 with up to 16GB of memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD for storage.
The laptops come with a 65W charger and support for fast charge which can give you up to 2 hours of video playback from just a 15 minute charge.
Ideapad Flex 5i and IdeaPad Flex 3i Chromebooks
For those looking for something sans Windows, Lenovo is offering a new range of Chromebooks powered with audio tuned by Maxx Audio by Waves.
The Flex 5i offers a large 14” FHD resolution IPS display in a 16:10 aspect ratio and running a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, while the Flex 3i offers a larger 15.6” display and uses an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor. Both will come with up to 8GB RAM and either up to a 512GB SSD on the Flex 5i or 128GB of eMMC storage on the Flex 3i – with a microSD card reader on both for expansion if required.
Lenovo says they’ve re-designed the touchpad on the Chrome OS devices, making them larger and easier to hit. There’s also an option for backlit keyboards and there’s a physical camera shutter over the webcam for privacy.
Lenovo has had great success with their Duet series of detachables and they’re offering more this year with the IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook and as well as the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5i detachable laptop running Windows 11.
Ideapad Duet 3 Chromebook
Last in their new Chrome OS line up is the IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook, a spiritual successor to the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook – but with some more premium features.
Lenovo has taken the popularity of the original and upped the ante with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 CPU with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The display gets a bump in size to 11” and in resolution up to 2K.
The tablet remains thin and light, though includes up to 12 hours of battery life and support for 45W Quick Charge to get you back up and running quickly.
There’s a 5MP front-facing camera for video calls, as well as an 8MP world-facing camera on the rear for any happy snaps.
The audio is again tuned by Maxx Audio by Waves, with four stereo speakers built-in.
Ideapad Duet 5i (12”)
Slim and stylish, the IdeaPad Duet 5i offers a lot of different functions with the detachable form factor. The bluetooth keyboard connects via magnets, but detaches easily when you need just a tablet. You can also use an optional Active Pen 3 stylus for marking up documents, creating art or note taking.
The tablet includes a 12” 2.5K resolution IPS touchscreen in 16:10 aspect ratio with96 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and 450 nits brightness, The display also supports Dolby Vision, and there’s great audio with Dolby Atmos support.
Lenovo will offer up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U processors with the Duet 5i, with up to 16GB of DDR4x memory and up to 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD. There’s a 50Whr battery included inside, which supports Rapid Charge Express to top you up quickly.
Lenovo have also included a 5MP IR Camera on the front of the tablet to ensure you can use Windows Hello, enabling faster logins in use with Lenovo Smart Login. There’s also a 5MP world-facing camera on the rear, if you need it.
The IdeaPad Duet 5i will come in two colour options: Stone Blue and Storm Grey.
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen)
For Android tablet fans the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) which offers a 10.61” IPS display with 2000×1200 resolution. It’s powered by an Octa-Core Processor and will come with options for up to 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage.
The tablet is designed for media consumption of all kinds and includes a massive 7,700mAh battery which offers up to 12 hours of video playback.
The tablet comes with Android 12, but an Android 13 update is prepped for 2023. Lenovo is also including a new and improved reader mode which grey-scales the screen for document reading, allowing for improved concentration. There’s a colour mode option which offers a muted colour palette as well if your document has some colours.
Lenovo will offer two accessories for the Tab M10 Plus, with a case accessory that snaps on and works as a stand, and the Precision Pen 2 stylus which gives you another, more precise input method. The Precision Pen 2 supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection. You can also get up to 200 hours of usage on a single charge.
Lenovo will offer the Tab M10 Plus in two colours: Frost Blue and Storm Grey.
IdeaPad Gaming 3 and IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15”, 16”) +
For any gamers out there, Lenovo is also announcing new entries in their IdeaPad Gaming range which typically offer entry level gamers, good performance without breaking the bank. There are two models announced today, the IdeaPad Gaming 3 and IdeaPad Gaming 3i with 15” and 16” displays.
As with the Flex range, the detail on the name is the CPU with the Ideapad 3i using Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processors while the Ideapad 3 will offer Up to AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processors with Radeon graphics.
There are slight differences in graphics options for the two models, with the IdeaPad Gaming 3i offering Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU or Intel Arc Graphics GPU. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 however will simply offer Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU.
The 15” model of both laptops will be offered with either a 45W or 60W battery, while the 16” model will include a 71W battery. Both models support Rapid Charge to get you topped up quickly.
Both models include a FullHD resolution webcam, with the 16” model also coming with a privacy shutter to close it when not in use.
Legion M600s Qi Wireless Gaming Mouse
Lastly, Lenovo is offering a new gaming mouse which uses lossless 2.4GHz wireless Bluetooth or a wired connection.
The big feature this time is the inclusion of Qi Wireless charging, which charges the built-in 380 mAh battery which offers up to 70 hours battery life. There’s even quick charge support via USB-C which can net you up to 2 hours of charge in just 10 minutes
The mouse can be used ambidextrously and comes with mirrored-textured side-grips for comfort. It’s also got programmable RGB lights for that real gamer feel.
Weighing just 75g, the mouse will glide over the desk and has a native 19000 DPI for improved accuracy.
Unfortunately Lenovo has not yet advised of pricing and availability for the new range, but we’ll find out about all that later in the year.