CES 2021: Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro Goes Big With Series’ First-Ever 16:10 Display

Being of a bigger build doesn’t necessarily translate to better performance or quality, but sometimes, size does matter. Watching videos and working on a smaller screen, for instance, can feel less enjoyable than doing so on larger displays, so Lenovo‘s decision to adopt a 16:10 aspect ratio for its IdeaPad laptops hardly comes across as surprising.

16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro in Cloud Grey.

More specifically, the IdeaPad 5i Pro and IdeaPad 5 Pro will be getting the welcome addition, ditching the conventional 16:9 pick for a wider viewing experience. With the upgrade, the pair is the first of its line-up to boast a 16:10 IPS display, offering 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and near bezel-less sides in a 14- or 16-inch cut. Both laptops are shipped with a 90Hz refresh rate and 400 nits of brightness at 14 inches, and a 120Hz refresh rate at 350 nits of brightness at 16 inches.

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The two models bring similar features to the table, including Wi-Fi 6 support, 100 per cent sRGB gamut, blue light reduction, and an improved trackpad and keyboard. In addition to their all-metal builds and lightweight chassis – 1.45kg and 2kg for 14-inch and 16-inch respectively – users can expect smarter technology as well: an infrared camera with Windows Hello allows for secure, hands-free login, while its time-of-flight (ToF) sensors are capable of detecting motion and activating automatic follow-up responses (e.g. pausing a video when the user walks away from the screen). The Intelligent Cooling Mode, meanwhile, utilises AI enhancements to optimise battery life, and serves to support the laptop’s fanless design, which reduces noise during use.

16-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro in Storm Grey.

Under the hood, the 14-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro runs on an 11th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA MX450 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage space, and 56.5WHr battery. The 14-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro, in contrast, is powered by next-gen AMD Ryzen mobile processors and several graphics options including the NVIDIA RTX20- series, but comes outfitted in the same configuration of 16GB RAM, 1TB storage space, and 56.5WHr battery. At 16 inches, both laptops welcome an increased 75WHr battery output, with only the IdeaPad 5 Pro offering a 32GB RAM upgrade.

The complete IdeaPad trifecta is completed by a third member of the family: the IdeaPad 5G, a 14-inch clamshell laptop that serves as the foundation for its more powerful siblings. With its 1.2kg chassis and 14.9mm cut, the device specialises in portability and on-the-go productivity, and is well-supported by a 20-hour battery charge. In contrast to the Pro and 5i Pro iterations, the IdeaPad 5G will be operating on a Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics card, Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF system, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage space.

The ultraportable’s IPS display, meanwhile, is set to the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the pair’s 16:10 standard, but most of the features remain the same. In addition to a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the IdeaPad 5G will also feature a fanless design, an improved keyboard and trackpad, and a 100 per cent sRGB colour gamut.

The table of specs for each model may be viewed below:

IdeaPad 5i ProIdeaPad 5 ProIdeaPad 5G
Display2.8K (16:10) IPS display
90Hz refresh rate (14″) / 120Hz refresh rate (16″)
400 nits (14″) / 350 nits (16″)
2.8K (16:10) IPS display
90Hz refresh rate (14″) / 120Hz refresh rate (16″)
400 nits (14″) / 350 nits (16″)
16:9 IPS display (1920 x 1080px)
300 nits
Weight1.45kg (14″) / 2kg (16″)1.45kg (14″) / 2kg (16″)1.2kg
Processor11th Gen Intel Core i7Next-gen AMD Ryzen MobileQualcomm Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF system
GraphicsNVIDIA MX450Several options, including NVIDIA GeForce RTX20-seriesQualcomm Adreno 680
Memory16GB RAM 16GB RAM (14″) / 32GB RAM (16″)8GB RAM
Battery56.5WHr with Rapid Charge Boost (14″)
75WHr with Rapid Charge Express (16″)
56.5WHr with Rapid Charge Boost (14″)
75WHr with Rapid Charge Express (16″)
51WHr with Rapid Charge Express

Interested parties will be able to get their hands on the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro starting May 2021 from US$1149.99, with the 14-inch option heading first to EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) in March 2021 at a starting retail price of €799. Both the 14-inch and 16-inch IdeaPad 5i Pro will also grace EMEA in March 2021 from €899 and €699 respectively, with pending availability for other regions including Singapore. As for the IdeaPad 5 Pro, details of its launch window and pricing have yet to be announced, though they are expected to vary per market.

If full-sized laptops aren’t your thing, Lenovo has a more compact pick in the form of the Tab P11. The upgraded successor to the Tab P10, it looks to strike a balance between affordability, convenience, and light productivity through the offering of a US$299 price tag, a Snapdragon 662 Mobile Platform processor, and an 11-inch 2K touchscreen IPS display (2000 x 1200px). More notably, the device is one of the few tablets certified to stream Netflix in high definition, so users can look forward to sharper visuals and more vibrant colours.

Additionally, the Tab P11 will offer 8GB of RAM, a 15-hour battery life, and reduced blue light, alongside a host of other features including:

  • Kids Space from Google, a new kids mode that supplements apps, books, and videos to help kids under nine years of age learn and have fun.
  • The Smart Privacy Feature allowing users to blur their background.
  • The Lenovo Precision Pen 2, which can detect tilt the user’s pressure adjustments to smoothen the digital writing and illustration process.
  • Lenovo Smart Charging Station 2 that enables hands-free movie watching and stable charging while docked.

The Lenovo Tab P11 is available for purchase now.