Lenovo's 14-inch Yoga 5G Is the World's First 5G Laptop

By Sam Rutherford on at

Back at CES 2020, Lenovo promised it was going to make the world’s first 5G laptop. And now, just six months later, it appears Lenovo is ready to deliver on that promise with the new Yoga 5G.

In addition to supporting both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G, the Yoga 5G (which will be known as the Flex 5G in the US) also boasts things like faster wake times than your average Windows notebook and up to a claimed 24 hours of battery life. However, while all that sounds good, this isn’t just your typical 14-inch Windows 2-in-1.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor (which is same chip Microsoft used to create the SQ1 CPU featured in the Surface Pro X), the Yoga 5G leans more towards power efficiency and fast always-on internet access than all-out performance. On top of that, because the Snapdragon 8cx is an ARM-based CPU instead of a traditional x86-based chip, the Yoga 5G will run into some app compatibility issues, particularly if you’re trying to play games, edit videos, or run older 32-bit software.

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The Yoga 5G also isn’t quite as customisable as a regular laptop either, as it comes with 8GB of RAM (which is soldered onto the motherboard), and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, with no options for any kind of expandability. Other specs include a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen with 400 nits of brightness, three USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

At 12.65 x 8.46 x 0.57-inches and weighing 2.97 pounds, the Yoga 5G is relatively portable – especially when compared to a lot of other 14-inch systems. That’s important because this thing is really made for the type of person who needs access to a super fast wireless internet connection while travelling, and with a US price tag of $1,400 (£1,112; UK pricing and availability TBA), most folks would probably be better off sticking with a standard Intel or AMD x86-based laptop instead.

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Illustration for article titled Lenovos 14-inch Flex 5G Is the Worlds First 5G Laptop

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But the most intriguing thing about the Yoga 5G is its claimed 24 hours of battery life, a figure Lenovo says is based on playing a continuously looping video, but without connecting the system to the internet (either wifi or 5G). That means in the real word, you’re likely to get a much shorter runtime – particularly if you’re connected to 5G – but until we have a chance to run some more tests, it’s hard to say by how much.

With a number of 5G-ready phones having already been released earlier this year, it was only a matter of time until the first laptop with 5G followed suit. And while systems like the Yoga 5G may be somewhat niche devices for now, we’re sure to see a much larger wave hit the market as carriers continue to expand and improve 5G coverage.

The Yoga 5G will be out in the US on 18 June, and is "coming soon" to the UK, according to Lenovo's website.

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