Lenovo has its foot firmly on the accelerator at MWC 2022 and is ramping up its laptop lineup with updates to the IdeaPad Flex 5 2-in-1 and the detachable IdeaPad Duet 5i.
The updates mainly focus on content for these affordable and versatile laptops, with the Flex 5 getting 12th Gen Intel and Ryzen 6000 series options, while the Duet 5i sticks to an Intel-only diet with up to a 12th generation Core i7 processor.
IdeaPad Flex 5 and Flex 5i 2-in-1
The IdeaPad Flex 5 and IdeaPad Flex 5i only vary in the processor and integrated GPU that power them, otherwise the 2-in-1s feature the same convertible design with 14-inch and 16-inch display options. These displays can reach an incredible 2.8K 16:10 with the OLED option which really impressed us on the IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook. Lenovo claims the displays cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and deliver up to 400 nits of brightness, we’ll naturally see how that holds up in our tests.
The IdeaPad Flex 5i features up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 U-Series processor with Intel Iris Xe Max graphics, while the IdeaPad Flex 5 follows the AMD route with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and integrated Radeon graphics. All models feature up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, but start at 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for base models.
The 360 degree hinge allows for typical tent, stand, tablet or clamshell laptop configurations. Support for a Lenovo Digital Pen or Lenovo E-Color Pen enables note taking or more artistic tasks on these Windows 11 laptops.
IdeaPad Flex 5i models feature one Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one HDMI 1.4b port, 4-in-1 card reader and audio jack. The Flex 5 of course loses the Thunderbolt 4 port for a standard USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, but otherwise matches exactly.
The 14-inch models are about 0.7 inches thick depending on your configuration and range from 3.3 to 3.41 pounds. The 16-inch models are up to 0.8 inches thick and weigh 4.6 pounds.
All four models will ship in May 2022 with the 14-inch Flex 5i starting at $619.99, while the 14-inch Flex 5 is more expensive at $689.99. The 16-inch model reverses that with the Flex 5i starting at $899.99 and the AMD-powered Flex 5 starting at $749.99.
IdeaPad Duet 5i
The IdeaPad Duet 5i takes much of the formula we loved in the IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook and gives it a Windows 11 makeover. Unfortunately, one feature that’s lost is the Chromebook model’s brilliant OLED display, but the 12-inch 2.5K IPS touchscreen with 96% DCI-P3 color gamut and 450 nits of brightness still sounds great.
Performance should be solid with up to an Intel 12th Core i7-1255U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD. You’ll probably want to look beyond the base model , because it has an Intel Pentium 8505 processor and only 4 GB of RAM.
The Duet 5i’s thin 9.45mm bezel in tablet form should make it comfortable for reading or taking notes with the optional Lenovo Active Pen 3. Add the bundled Folio case and it goes from a still-reasonable 1.78 pounds to a still-reasonable 2.57 pounds and you get a full laptop experience with a keyboard and trackpad.
Connectivity is upgradeable with built-in Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. The ports aren’t bad for a device of this size, but it would have been nice if the two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports were Thunderbolt 4 instead, but the 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack is still nice to have.
The IdeaPad Duet 5i will ship in July 2022 with a starting price of $749.99.