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:
|Up to 10th-Gen Intel Core i5
|Intel Integrated Graphics
|13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS
touchscreen, 300 nits
|4 GB / 8 GB DDR4
|32GB / 64GB eMMC or
128GB SSD, microSD slot for expansion
|WiFi 6 (Note: No mention of Bluetooth
but I suspect it’s there)
|Water-resistant, backlit keyboard, multitouch
trackpad, 720p webcam
|Two USB Type-C (3.1), one USB Type-A (3.1),
|Claimed run-time of up to 10 hours
|Chrome OS automatic software update
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.