Did you miss the new Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 at CES 2020?

With all of the hype about the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook yesterday, it was easy to overlook a new 2-in-1 from the same company: the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5, which starts at $360 when it launches in June.

This is a 13.3-inch 1080p convertible with an included pressure-sensitive stylus that can be configured with up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor. Given that the base model comes with 32 GB of storage, I suspect the chip powering that configuration is either a Celeron or a Pentium but I’ll swing by Lenovo’s CES booth to find out.

Aside from the stylus support, a first for Lenovo’s Chromebooks, the company says this is also the first 13-inch Chromebook with “intelligent built-in user-facing dual stereo speakers”. It will be difficult to test the sound quality on the show floor, but I like the speaker placement alongside the keyboard.

Here’s a rundown on the specs as provided by Lenovo:

CPUUp to 10th-Gen Intel Core i5
GPUIntel Integrated Graphics
Display13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS
touchscreen, 300 nits
Memory4 GB / 8 GB DDR4
Storage32GB / 64GB eMMC or
128GB SSD, microSD slot for expansion
ConnectivityWiFi 6 (Note: No mention of Bluetooth
but I suspect it’s there)
InputWater-resistant, backlit keyboard, multitouch
trackpad, 720p webcam
PortsTwo USB Type-C (3.1), one USB Type-A (3.1),
headphone jack
BatteryClaimed run-time of up to 10 hours
Weight2.97 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic software update
expiration: TBD

The chassis is plastic while the top lid is aluminum. Considering that and a $360 starting price, this is an entry-level to mid-range device although with options you can certainly make it more powerful. I like the fact that if you want more and faster local storage, a true SSD option will be available.

3 thoughts on “Did you miss the new Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 at CES 2020?

  • January 19, 2020 at 9:30 pm
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    Heard anything more on this? My ASUS C302 is having problems, looks like a good replacement, but I don’t know if I was to wait until June.

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  • January 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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    32 GB is not sufficient.. I cant download Chrome recovery image. I cant install Google play store due to space constraints in my Chromebook 14e. I don’t have a single item stored on the disk. Lenovo needs to get their act together and Google needs to let users use the card slot for disk expansion.

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    • January 26, 2020 at 1:56 pm
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      So I can’t speak to Lenovo’s design decisions, but Chrome OS and no data stored locally should only take 4-6 GB or so. You can also use an SD card or USB flash drive to store data with a Chromebook. Additionally, you can download and use a Chrome OS recovery image on removable media as well. Cheers!

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