Lenovo are updating the IdeaPad 5 series of mainstream laptops with a couple of new entries as of early 2021, with 14 or 16-inch displays and 2021-level Intel/AMD + Nvidia hardware.
We’ve already covered the Intel Tiger Lake variants in this other article, and this one is all about the arguably more interesting AMD variants, based on the Cezanne Ryzen 5000 H platform. The hardware has yet to be officially released, so we’re not getting in-depth on it in this post, check out our other articles for more details.
Back to the IdeaPad 5 Pro notebooks, the 14-inch variant is a daily-use productivity laptop with either a 2.8K or a 2.2K resolution 16:10 display, standard 14-inch chiclet IdeaPad keyboard, a good selection of ports, and competent mid-range hardware specs, with the AMD processors (probably up to 6C/12T, but possibly 8C/16T as well), optional Nvidia MX450 graphics, up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory and single-slot M.2 SSD storage.
The larger 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro 16, on the other hand, is the only variant in this lineup paired with higher-tier graphics, up to an unnamed RTX 3000 series chip, as well as up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. Depending on the performance of that RTX chip and the overall thermal design, this could end up quite a versatile all-day laptop and arguably the most intriguing variant in the lineup.
|Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14-inch||Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16-inch|
|Screen||14-inch 2.8K 2880 x 1800 px display, 16:10 aspect ratio, IPS 90 Hz, 400-nits and 100% sRGB color coverage
14-inch 2.2K 2240 x 1400 px display, 16:10 aspect ratio, IPS 60 Hz, 300-nits and 100% sRGB color coverage
|16-inch 2.5K 2560 x 1600 px display, 16:10 aspect ratio, IPS 120 Hz, 350-nits and 100% sRGB color coverage
16-inch 2.5K 2560 x 1600 px display, 16:10 aspect ratio, IPS 60 Hz, 350-nits and 100% sRGB color coverage
|Processor||AMD Cezanne Ryzen 5000 H – to be updated||AMD Cezanne Ryzen 5000 H – to be updated|
|Video||Radeon Vega + optional up to Nvidia MX450||Radeon Vega + optional up to Nvidia RTX (to be updated)|
|Memory||up to 16 GB DDR4||up to 32 GB DDR4|
|Storage||M.2 PCIe SSD||M.2 PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||Wireless 6, Bluetooth 5.1||Wireless 6, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Ports||2x USB-A 3.1 gen1, 2x USB-C, HDMI 1.4b (?), SD card reader, headphone/mic||2x USB-A 3.1 gen1, 2x USB-C, HDMI 1.4b (?), SD card reader, headphone/mic|
|Battery||56.5 Wh, USB-C charger||75 Wh, rectangular-plug charger ??|
|Size||312 mm or 12.3” (w) x 221 mm or 8.7” (d) x 17.9 mm or .7” (h)||–|
|Weight||1.45 kg (3.2 lb) + charger||–|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard without NumPad, stereo 2x 2W up-firing speakers, HD + IR webcam, 163-degree hinge, available in Cloud Grey and Slate Grey||white backlit keyboard with NumPad, stereo 2x 2W up-firing speakers, HD + IR webcam, 160-degree hinge, available in Cloud Grey and Slate Grey|
The 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 also gets the larger 75 Wh battery and two QHD 2.5K screen-options, a lesser-quality 60 Hz panel, and a higher-tier 120 Hz option. Paired with Adaptive sync and hopefully fast response-times, this could be a solid option for casual gaming, but make sure to look for more details on any potential ghosting issues. I wouldn’t expect proper AAA performance at 1600p and in this sort of a thin chassis, but we’ll see.
I’m highly curious about the thermal design of this 16-inch model. Lenovo seems to have opted for a single-fan cooling module on the Intel/AMD + MX450 configurations, but I doubt they can pull that on an RTX variant.
I also doubt this can charge via USB-C, instead, I’d expect a higher capacity charger and the rectangular-shaped plug that Lenovo also offers on their Legion gaming models.
In fact, in many ways this 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro seems to step into the footprints of the Legion Slim 7, officially announced a couple of months ago, but something that was not available to purchase so far. That will probably get a bump to the updated AMD/Nvidia hardware in the near future as well.
Anyway, not a lot much to add here on top of what we already mentioned in our IdeaPad 5i article, such as the fact that both these laptops get the standard IdeaPad clean design lines, available in either a darker or a lighter shade of gray, the chiclet IdeaPad keyboards (with a NumPad section on the 16-inch model), and a proper set of ports. There’s no Thunderbolt on any of them, but you do get full USB-C slots, USB-As, HDMI, a card reader, and an audio jack, plus an IR camera and up-firing speakers.
As far as pricing and availability go, looks like the IdeaPad 5 Pro 16 is the only version set to make-it to North America, scheduled to start at $1149 somewhere around May 2021. No word on European pricing or availability, instead, we do know that the 14-inch model is scheduled for 799 EUR in March. For is worth, that’s 100 EUR more expensive than the Intel variant.
The GPU is most likely what’s delaying the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro, and I’m curious whether AMD will shed more light on it after the official AMD/Nvidia launch at CES. I’ll keep you posted, and in the meantime, get in touch in the comments section with any feedback, questions, or further findings of your own on these notebooks.