It uses the Snapdragon 8cx chipset that’s similar to the one in the Surface Pro X and the Galaxy Book S. But like every Snapdragon PC out there, this laptop suffers from app compatibility problems and buggy performance. In the United States, the Flex 5G will launch on Verizon Wireless. The Lenovo Flex 5G has gone by many names, including Project Limitless and the Yoga 5G. The 8cx is supposed to provide “extreme” performance for Qualcomm’s Windows on ARM computers, and is meant to compete against Intel’s Y-series chips for thin-and-light notebooks. Few laptops sold in the U.S. come with cellular connectivity as an option, and nearly all that do connect only to LTE networks, not the new 5G ones. PCMag Digital Group. I basically live in Chrome, and the browser did feel more stable overall, and battery life seems better than before. Likewise, if Verizon's 5G coverage has already arrived on your block, or you must travel frequently despite the pandemic, the Flex 5G could be a worthwhile purchase now. But the problem, as always, comes when you need to install less popular apps. To be fair, the Surface Pro X also suffers from thin sounding audio, as do some XPS machines. The Flex 5G comes in at the bottom of the pack here, though its score is not far off from the comparably equipped Surface Pro X. A whole year later, the company finally started selling the Flex 5G… But there's a lot more that affects that than just the hardware. It doesn't necessarily feel that way, but it's certainly faster than any other connection I have access to right now. Our battery rundown test is fairly forgiving, since it involves playing a locally stored video file at 50 percent screen brightness with Wi-Fi and cellular networks disconnected. The 13.3-inch HP Elite Dragonfly, for instance, has a slightly narrower chassis and starts at just 2.2 pounds. The Flex 5G will be available starting at $1,400 on June 18 direct from Lenovo or online from Verizon. Get it as soon as Wed, Nov 25. Its maximum brightness level of 400 nits is viewable in nearly any indoor lighting condition, although I found it difficult to see outdoors on a partly cloudy day. PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. With no cooling fan, all of this processing happens silently, a major advantage over nearly every Intel- and AMD-powered laptop, most of which require active cooling fans. “With our strategic partnerships with global 5G network carriers, consumers will now be able to access easier, faster, and more secure connectivity seamlessly from virtually anywhere,” Johnson Jia, Lenovo’s senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Business Segment, said in a statement. For a pricey laptop like this, it all comes down to 5G performance. The main selling point is the always-connected Qualcomm 8cx hardware platform, that allows instant resume times, snappy everyday performance and more efficient runtimes than the existing Intel/AMD platforms, that would translate in up to 24 hours of battery life (according to Lenovo’s literature) – so more like 8-12 hours of actual use. Keep an eye on your inbox! This means if you’re in an area with weaker 5G coverage, the Flex 5G can combine 4G and 5G together for speeds up to 7Gbps, according to Qualcomm. It's $1,499 from either Lenovo or Verizon, and that only includes 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. In comparison, the Lenovo Flex 5G feels quite chunky. In 2019, Lenovo announced it would be the first to make a 5G laptop with Qualcomm’s Windows on Snapdragon platform. In the Flex 5G's category and price range, the Elite Dragonfly and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 are our top choices. Despite all the big talk, 5G service is still very limited. Lenovo's first 5G PC promises superfast download speeds (it depends very much on your location) and delivers extraordinary battery life. The USB Type-C ports also accept the cable from the AC adapter to charge the system's 60-watt-hour battery. The Flex 5G is an adequate machine, but it’s not worth buying during a global pandemic and recession. But most of the initial wave of 5G computers will be Arm-based, which is a natural fit for 5G right now. Check here for restocks at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop and Target, Amazon Black Friday 2020 deals: $100 Amazfit GTS, $130 Fitbit Versa 2, $65 Echo Show 8, more, Discuss: World's first 5G laptop: Hands on with the Lenovo Flex 5G, first most consumers will be able to purchase, Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile: How to pick the best 5G carrier for you. It measures 0.58 by 12.7 by 8.5 inches and weighs 2.97 pounds, which is about average for an ultraportable laptop with a 14-inch screen.