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New Lenovo Notebooks Announced For CES

by Vince Carnevale
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Today, Lenovo announced its first round of new and updated products for CES 2021. In this announcement, we have the IdeaPad 5G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and modem, as well as next-gen AMD and Intel 14 and 16-inch laptops, carrying the “Pro” moniker. We have the Yoga AIO 7 all-in-one with a 4K 27-inch rotating display. Two thin consumer IPS monitors, the Lenovo L24i-30 and Lenovo L27e-30 and two laptops from Lenovo’s joint venture with NEC, the LAVIE MINI, and LAVIE Pro Mobile.

Today, Lenovo announced its first round of new and updated products for CES 2021. In this announcement, we have the IdeaPad 5G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and modem, as well as next-gen AMD and Intel 14 and 16-inch laptops, carrying the “Pro” moniker. We have the Yoga AIO 7 all-in-one with a 4K 27-inch rotating display. Two thin consumer IPS monitors, the Lenovo L24i-30 and Lenovo L27e-30 and two laptops from Lenovo’s joint venture with NEC, the LAVIE MINI, and LAVIE Pro Mobile.

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Starting with the IdeaPad 5G, this new device will bring sub-6GHz 5G connectivity to a 14-inch form factor running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx platform, with fall back to 4G LTE if 5G isn’t available. While connectivity is the name of the game here, with a primary focus on out-of-office (or out-of-home these days) connectivity, it is disappointing to see only WiFi 5 available for those hoping to save on data charges over 5G. That aside, Lenovo claims an impressive 20 hours of continuous video playback on battery, though the fine print does stipulate that this is with the 5G/4G radio turned off, which is notoriously power hungry. This IdeaPad retains the same design language as the rest of the line and offers a 300-nit 1080p IPS display, 8GB of LPDDR4X, and 512GB of PCIe storage. This machine will be running Windows 10 for ARM and supports Windows Hello facial recognition for instant on use from standby. We’ll leave it at that for now, as this device will only be available only in select markets, and currently has no North American availability or pricing.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5G in Cloud Grey

Next is the more mainstream x86-based IdeaPads and Lenovo is offering a nice range of options depending on your wants and needs. There are two sizes available (14-inch and 16-inch) for both Intel and AMD options (IdeaPad 5i Pro and IdeaPad 5 Pro, respectively). These machines are really compelling work-from-home machines, offering high refresh rate 16:10 displays on all models. The 14-inchers offer up to a 400-nit, 2.8k IPS display running at 90Hz, and the 16-inch models offer up to a 350-nit 2.5k IPS display running at 120Hz. On the Intel-powered devices, you can expect to see 11th gen Core i7 processors with up to 16GB of DDR4 and up to 1TB of PCIe storage on both sizes, as well as NVIDIA MX450 graphics for a slight boost over the iGPU. The 16-inch Intel model will also offer Thunderbolt 4 support. On the AMD side of things, expect to see next-gen AMD processors and up to 1TB of PCIe storage in both models. The 14-inch offers up to 16GB of DDR4 and an NVIDIA MX450, while the 16-inch offers an impressive 32GB of DDR4 and will include next-gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs.

All of the above models will have WiFi 6 connectivity, support Windows Hello facial recognition, have 100% sRGB displays, and Dolby Atmos speakers. They all come in either Cloud Grey or a slightly darker Storm Grey. The 16-inch AMD variant starts at a compelling $1149.99 and is expected to be available starting May 2021. All other models will be available in EMEA in March 2021, with no word on North American availability or pricing.

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Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 in Vertical Configuration

The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 is a 27-inch all-in-one desktop, whose party trick is a 90-degree rotatable display, which can also be put as far back as 20-degrees allowing for a wide range of viewing to accommodate whatever is comfortable for you. The vertical display will certainly be useful to the code monkeys out there, as well as the UI and UX designers working with vertical content for mobile devices who don’t have space for a dedicated second display. The display itself is also great for content creators, as it is a 4K IPS display with 99% DCI-P3 and 99% Adobe RGB color space coverage. This also works with Lenovo’s integrated wireless casting hardware, which will allow you to stream content from your handheld devices to the screen without even turning the actual computer on. Lenovo promises a future update will ostensibly turn it into a 4K Smart TV by adding streaming functionality to the panel separate from the computer. This is great to see as it greatly lengthens the useful life of the system, even in several years when the computer hardware becomes outdated. Speaking of that hardware, it will stay relevant for a while as this system boasts up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. This system will be available in select markets starting in February 2021 at $1599, with no word on North American availability at this time.

Lenovo also announced two monitors, the Lenovo L24i-30 and Lenovo L27e-30. These are both 1080p IPS displays aimed at the consumer market in 24-inches and 27-inches, respectively. They also both support AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz over HDMI. The Lenovo L27e-30 starts at $189.99, the L24i-30 starts at $159.99, and both are expected to be available in March 2021.

NEC LAVIE Pro Mobile

Finally, we have the NEC LAVIE MINI and LAVIE Pro Mobile, both of which are Lenovo collaborations. The MINI is a small 8-inch computer designed for content consumption and gaming on the go, and Pro Mobile is a neat little 13.3-inch notebook designed for light productivity on the go. The Pro Mobile will have up to an 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris X graphics, and claims of up to 10 hours of battery life in a light 1.95lb chassis. The LAVIE MINI is just a prototype so no availability is mentioned, and the LAVIE Pro Mobile will start at s $1699.99. Details on North American availability to come later.

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