Lenovo Unveils New Laptops, Chromebooks for CES 2020

CES 2020 kicked off today. Lenovo debuted new laptops, Chromebooks, and the world’s first 5G PC. We take a look at the
Adam Rowe

CES 2020 kicked off this week, and Lenovo is bringing a huge range of brand-new devices to the party, including laptops, Chromebooks, conferencing tech, and the world’s first 5G PC.

You won't be able to get your hands on these devices immediately, though they'll all be available at some point this year: We've collected all the currently available specs, prices, and release dates below.

Let's dive in.

Lenovo Yoga Creator 7

Yoga Creator 7

This new 15.6-inch laptop is designed for on-the-go digital creatives, with a Lenovo Q-Control function that lets users quickly transition between performance modes depending on whether they're working with 3D computer animation and graphics, or just editing photos. An Intelligent Cooling feature uses AI to keep the battery at optimal levels. 

The device is Independent Software Vendor-certified to run apps, and users can bookmark their favorites on their Digital Content Creators dashboard. It supports hands-free login through its infrared camera with Windows Hello's face ID, in addition to a built-in fingerprint reader. One time-saver of a feature: The device has a Modern Standby function that makes it immediately useable as soon as the lid is lifted, cutting out reboot time.

It comes with some limited Alexa voice interface abilities, too, though Lenovo aims to roll out more Alexa functionality later in the year. A 13-hour battery life comes along with Rapid Charge, which charges the laptop up to 80% with a single hour. It's not yet available, with no release date or price announced.

Additional specs include:

  • 15.6-inch Full HD optional glass display
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors
  • Dolby Atmos Speaker System
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics: Latest NVIDIA GTX Graphics
  • IR Camera
  • Memory: 8 GB/ 16 GB
  • Storage: SSD, 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB
  • Backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
  • Weight: 4.18lbs
  • Height: 0.64 inches
  • Battery life: 13 hours

Other digital creative devices out from Lenovo this year include: the IdeaPad Creator 5, also a 15.6-inch laptop with the same memory and storage specs but just a 8-hour battery life; the IdeaCentre Creator 5, a multipurpose desktop PC tower with Intel Core i9 processors that starts at $1,099.99 and will be released in October 2020; the $899.99 Lenovo Qreator 27 Monitor, which boasts a 27-inch 4K UHD IPS Smart Crystal Sound display and a four-sided infinity screen, available March 2020; and the Lenovo Q27h Monitor, also 27 inches, with a QHD IPS high-resolution display, 75Hz refresh rate,​ and 350 nits of brightness, which starts at $349.99 and is available April 2020

ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world’s first foldable PC: It's a single-screen 5G OLED tablet. It ships mid-2020, and will start at an admittedly pricey $2,499.

Still, it's impressive enough to be worth the price for anyone interested in foldable tablets: The 13.3-inch 4:3 OLED panel offers a nice 2048 x 1536 resolution. The versatility is a selling point, as a user can unfold it to use it like a tablet, can hold it half-opened like a book, or can attach a bluetooth-powered Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard to use it like a laptop screen. 

  • Display: 13.3” Flexible QXGA OLED 4:3 (2048 x 1536, 300 nit)
  • Battery life: 11 hours
  • Camera: 5MP HD 
  • Memory: 8GB 
  • Storage: Up to 1TB SSD
  • Audio: Dolby Audio Speaker System
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 299.4 x 236.0 x 7.8 mm
  • Includes: Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard and Active Pen stylus

Ultimately, you'll need to value the device's immense flexibility highly enough to swallow that big price tag, but it does look like a great device, and one that's an interesting evolution of the tech community's deep interest in foldable devices, kickstarted by last year's Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Thinkbook Plus

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus

Lenovo didn't stop at a foldable PC. With the ThinkBook Plus, the company is debuting an even weirder device. Open, it functions like a normal laptop, with a 13.3-inch 1080P display. Closed, it reveals a second screen on the back, a 10.8-inch E Ink display designed for note-taking or quickly checking the next event on your calendar. 

The laptop includes a stylus, of course, and it auto-syncs to Microsoft OneNote to backup your notes. The E Ink display works great as a Kindle, too, making this device an attractive choice for any voracious readers who wish their Kindle and their laptop could just be combined. 

However, unlike more of their devices, Lenovo hasn't yet released a datasheet for the ThinkBook Plus, so our knowledge of the specs is limited — an odd move, given that the company aims to release this device in a few short months. It'll be available March 2020, starting at $1,199

ThinkSmart View

ThinkSmart View

 The latest installment in the ThinkSmart range, this just-announced product aims to improve business meetings. It's a dedicated personal business communications device, specifically for conducting Microsoft Teams audio or video calls.

Powered by Qualcomm APQ8053 system-on-chip (SoC), the device offers a dedicated screen that its users can use for conferencing and only conferencing. They'll be able to start a meeting with a single touch, and can pair any Bluetooth headset in order to trim out unwanted background noise. The camera includes a physical shutter, and a PIN-operated lock offer additional security.

ThinkSmart View will be available in January 2020, and starts at $349, or $449 if including a ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset.

lenovo legion y25-25

The Lenovo Legion Y25-25

A Slew of Gaming Laptops, Monitors, and Mice

CES is no stranger to gaming tech — we've rounded up all the noteworthy gamer tech from CES 2020 here — and Lenovo has delivered with a range of immersive products.

First is their new 0.58-inch-thick Lenovo Legion Y740S, the thinnest and lightest Windows 10 gaming laptop ever. It comes with up to eight hours of battery life, a 15.6-inch 4K display, and up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor. Prices start at $1,099 and it'll debut in May 2020.

The Lenovo BoostStation eGPU offers the external GPU power-hunger gamers are looking for, with prices starting at $249 and a release date of May this year. It weighs a little under 20 lbs with an aluminum build.

Lenovo also treated gamers to a new mouse. The Legion M600 is a wireless, Bluetooth mouse that has a battery life of around 200 hours, and should the battery go flat in the middle of a heated battle royale, it only needs a 5 minute charge to net another 10 hours.

Lenovo's also debuting three gaming monitors: The Y25-25, the G32qc-10, and the cheaper G27c. The 24.5-inch Y25-25 has a Full HD IPS panel with narrow bezels, and offers a 240Hz refresh rate, all for $320, available in June 2020. Then, the G32qc-10's curved 31.5-inch 2560×1440 display comes with a 144Hz refresh rate, available March 2020, and starting at $320. Finally, there's the $219.99 G27c, which has a curved 27-inch Full HD monitor and a 165Hz refresh rate, also available in March.

 

Yoga 5G laptop

Yoga 5G Laptop

The Lenovo Yoga 5G supports millimeter wave full-band as well as sub-6GHz 5G networks, earning it that “world's first 5G PC” moniker. With it, you'll be able to download huge files in an instant or seamlessly stream HD video anywhere, with 5G speeds that are ten times faster than 4G.

It's designed to be portable, functioning as a 2-in-1 laptop, weighing in at 2.86 lbs, and coming with a long-lived 24 hours of battery life. Hands-free login is supported via the laptop's infrared camera, though the old-fashioned fingerprint reader is built in as well.

A 14-inch Full HD IPS touch display comes with 400 nits brightness, though Lenovo downplays the width of the display's slightly chunky bottom bezel (all three other sides have a narrow bezel, so this isn't a huge downside).

  • Dimensions: 12.65″ x 8.46″ x 0.58″
  • Weight: 2.97 lbs
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform
  • Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 680
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB / 256 GB
  • Battery life: Up to 24 hours
  • Camera: IR
  • Ports: 2 USB-C, headphone jack, Nano SIM
  • Applications: Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office 2019, McAfee LiveSafe

No specific release date was given, but the Yoga 5G will be available Spring 2020 and starts at $1,499.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7

Yoga Slim 7 laptop

True to its name, the Slim 7 is a slim device at just 0.58 inches high and starts at 3.3 lbs, available in two sizes, 14-inch and 15-inch.

It runs Windows 10, with Lenovo's AI-powered Q-Control Intelligent Cooling function to fully optimize its battery life. Another interesting AI feature is brand-new for this device: Smart Display, which recognizes when a user is looking away from the device, and responds by automatically masking the screen for security.

While the 13 hours of battery life on the 15-inch Slim 7 might not sound as impressive as the Yoga 5G's 24 hours, it's a noteable 20% more than the previous generation of the same size, and the Slim 7 also comes with a Rapid Charge function, which allows for up to 50% charge within 30 minutes.

The device also includes hands-free login (and auto-logoff) through its IR camera and Windows Hello integration — there's no fingerprint scanner. It comes with some limited Alexa voice interface abilities, too, though Lenovo aims to roll out more Alexa functionality later in the year.

  • Dimensions: 12.62″ x 8.2″ x 0.58″
  • Weight: Starts at 3.3 lbs
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U Mobile Processor
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon
  • Memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Storage: Up to 512 GB
  • Battery life: Up to 14 hours, Rapid Charge allows for up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
  • Camera: IR
  • Ports: 2 UBS-A, 2 USB-C, headphone jack, microSD, HTMI
  • Applications: Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office 2019, McAfee LiveSafe

Prices for the Slim 7 start at $849.99, and it will be available April 2020.

IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo keeps the “light and thin” theme going with this 2-in-1 Chromebook, which has a 0.71-inch thickness with keyboard, and just 0.29-inch thickness when standing alone as a 10.1-inch-wide tablet. It can boot up in as fast as 8 seconds, and will auto-update in the background every six weeks for the next 6 and a half years.

It's a good choice for someone constantly on the go, thanks to a keyboard with a full trackpad that can be attached and detached at the user's whim. Battery life is up to 10 hours as well. The Ideapad Duet ships with a 5V/2A AC Adapter, Keyboard, Stand Cover, and USB Type-C to 3.5 mm Audio Jack adaptor.

Granted, the Ideapad Duet doesn't come with an Intel processor, opting instead for a Mediatek Helio P60T, as well as 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Overall, it's a respectable device for a user who wants a compact laptop or tablet that can last them for years.

  • Dimensions (with keyboard): 9.64″ x 6.66″ x 0.71″
  • Weight (with keyboard): ~2.03 lbs
  • Display: 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 IPS, with 70% NTSC and 400 nits brightness
  • OS: Chrome
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60T Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: ARM G72 MP3 800 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours video playback (8 hours with web browsing)
  • Cameras: Rear 8 MP Auto-Focus; Front 2 MP Fixed-Focus

The IdeaPad Duet's price starts at a nice low $279.99 and will be available May 2020.

IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook

IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook

Finally, there's the 13-inch, 2.97-lb IdeaPad Flex 5. This is the one to go for if that MediaTek process above underwhelmed: It has an up to 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, up to 128GB PCIe SSD of storage, and 8GB DDR4 of memory.

The Full HD IPS touchscreen display has up to 300 nits brightness along with those narrow bezels we know and love. The digital pen capability is useful, since the device uses a convertible laptop design.

This device also offers up a couple interesting firsts. It's the first Chromebook of its size to include built-in user-facing dual stereo speakers, and it is the first Lenovo Chromebook with integrated stylus support.

  • Thickness: 17 mm
  • Weight: 2.97 lbs
  • Display: 13-inch touchscreen IPS display with 300 nits of brightness
  • OS: Chrome
  • Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor
  • Memory: Up to 8 GB
  • Storage: Up to 128 GB
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • Ports: 2 USB-C, 1 USB-A, headphone jack, and a microSD

The 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook starts at $359 and will be available by late June 2020.

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Adam is a writer at Tech.co and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for the last decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry (and Digital Book World 2018 award finalist) and has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect. When not glued to TechMeme, he loves obsessing over 1970s sci-fi art.

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