Lenovo announces IdeaPad 5G ahead of CES 2021

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What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the IdeaPad 5G, IdeaPad 5 Pro, and IdeaPad 5i Pro laptops ahead of CES 2021.
  • The IdeaPad 5G is a 14-inch laptop with 5G support.
  • The IdeaPad 5 Pro and IdeaPad 5i Pro should be available starting in March 2021.
  • None of the new IdeaPad laptops will be available in North America.

Ahead of CES 2021, Lenovo announced several new IdeaPad laptops, including the IdeaPad 5G, IdeaPad 5 Pro, and IdeaPad 5i Pro. Among the new laptops is the Lenovo IdeaPad 5G, a 14-inch laptop with 4G LTE and 5G (sub-6 GHz) support. The IdeaPad 5G doesn’t have a release date or pricing details at this time. The IdeaPad 5 Pro is expected in March, starting at €799. The IdeaPad 5i Pro should also be available in March and has a starting price of €699. None of the new IdeaPad laptops will be available in North America at this time.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5G and IdeaPad 4G LTE 14

The IdeaPad 5G is a traditional clamshell laptop. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform and features Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem inside. Lenovo highlights that the laptop supports instant-on with modern standby, which means you can quickly jump onto the PC. It features an IR camera to speed up signing onto the laptop as well.

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If you don’t want or need a 5G connection on your laptop, there’s an IdeaPad 4G LTE 14. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c platform.

Category IdeaPad 5G 14 IdeaPad 4G LTE 14
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8180XP Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8180X
RAM 8GB LPDDR4X 8GB LPDDR4X
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 680 Qualcomm Adreno 680
Storage 256GB, 512GB
M.2 PCIe SSD
256GB, 512GB
M.2 PCIe SSD
Display 14 inches
1920×1080 (FHD)
IPS, 16:9
100% sRGB, 300 nits
14 inches
1920×1080 (FHD)
IPS, 16:9
100% sRGB, 300 nits
Ports Two USB-C 3.2
USB-A 3.2
3.5mm audio
SIM
Two USB-C 3.2
USB-A 3.2
3.5mm audio
SIM
Audio Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Audio
Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Audio
Connectivity 5G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth
Camera Front-facing 720p Front-facing 720p
Security IR camera IR camera
Battery 51Wh 51Wh
Dimensions 12.66 x 8.15 x 0.59 inches
(321.7mm x 207mm x 14.9mm)
12.66 x 8.15 x 0.59 inches
(321.7mm x 207mm x 14.9mm)
Weight 2.6 pounds (1.2kg) 2.6 pounds (1.2kg)
Color Light Silver Light Silver

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro and IdeaPad 5i Pro

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro and IdeaPad 5 Pro are Lenovo’s most powerful IdeaPads to date. They feature an all-metal chassis exterior and are available in either 14-inch or 16-inch variants. The laptops make the jump to the popular 16:10 aspect ratio, which lets you see more on a screen at once. They also have a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, so you should get quite a bit of screen packed into whichever size you choose.

The IdeaPad 5i Pro runs on up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to NVIDIA MX450 graphics. The IdeaPad 5 Pro is powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile processors (unspecified at this time) and up to an NVIDIA MX450 GPU.

Both laptops support Lenovo’s Show Mode for PC, which transforms a PC into a hands-free Alexa experience. As the name suggests, it converts supported laptops into Echo Show-like display. Show Mode is already available on some Android devices and will soon make its way to PCs. It’s expected to ship in Q2 2021 and will work on select Yoga and IdeaPad laptops at launch.

Category IdeaPad 5 Pro 14 IdeaPad 5i Pro 14
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor AMD Ryzen Mobile
(Latest gen)
11th Gen Intel
Up to Core i7
RAM 8GB, 16GB DDR4 8GB, 16GB DDR4
Graphics Up to NVIDIA MX450 Up to NVIDIA MX450
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD
Display 14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
100% sRGB
2.8K resolution
400 nits, 90Hz
14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
100% sRGB
2.8K resolution
400 nits, 90Hz
Ports Two USB-C
Two USB-A
SD card reader
HDMI
3.5mm audio
Two USB-C
Two USB-A
SD card reader
HDMI
3.5mm audio
Audio Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Atmos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Security IR camera IR camera
Battery 56.6Wh 56.6Wh
Dimensions 12.3 x 8.7 x 0.63-0.7 inches
(312.21mm x 221mm x 15.95-17.9mm)
12.3 x 8.7 x 0.63-0.7 inches
(312.21mm x 221mm x 15.95-17.9mm)
Weight 3.19 pounds (1.45kg) 3.19 pounds (1.45kg)
Color Cloud Grey
Storm Grey
Cloud Grey
Storm Grey

The specs of the larger 16-inch variants of the IdeaPad 5 and IdeaPad 5i Pro are a bit higher in several key areas, including storage, battery life, and of course, screen size.

Category IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 IdeaPad 5i Pro 16
Processor AMD Ryzen Mobile
(Latest gen)
11th Gen Intel
Up to Core i7-11370H
RAM Up to 32GB DDR4 8GB, 16GB DDR4
Graphics Up to NVIDIA RTX NVIDIA MX450
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe SSD 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD
Display 16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2.5K resolution
120Hz, 350 nits
16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2.5K resolution
60Hz, 120Hz, 350 nits
Ports Two USB-C
Two USB-A
HDMI
3.5mm audio
SD card reader
USB-C
Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A
HDMI
3.5mm audio
SD card reader
Audio Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dual 2W speakers
Dolby Atmos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6
Security IR camera IR camera
Battery 75Wh 75Wh
Dimensions 14.01 x 9.9 x 0.66-0.72 inches
(356mm x 251mm x 16.9-18.4mm)
14.01 x 9.9 x 0.66-0.72 inches
(356mm x 251mm x 16.9-18.4mm)
Weight 4.4 pounds (2kg) 4.4 pounds (2kg)
Color Cloud Grey
Storm Grey
Cloud Grey
Storm Grey

Lenovo announced several other devices ahead of CES, so make sure to check out our CES 2021 coverage to catch up on all the new and upcoming tech from Lenovo.

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