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.

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

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.

2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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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