The Lenovo Flex 4 2-in-1 convertible is getting a refresh with a thinner frame

Lenovo Flex 2 15 touch
After launching the Lenovo Flex 4 here in the United States last year, the company is gearing up to refresh the convertible notebook in the near future. Lenovo briefly displayed the unannounced product on its website over the weekend, listing it as the Lenovo Yoga 520 given that the older model is sold as the Yoga 510 outside the United States.

The upcoming convertible will be based on seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel processors up to a Core i7 model. It will also sport an optional fingerprint reader, a flexible 360-degree hinge, a battery promising up to 10 hours of use on a single charge, and support for the Lenovo Active Pen. The 2-in-1 device will be sold in 14-inch and 15.6-inch form factors.

Here are the specs for the leaked 14-inch model:

Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Screen size: 14 inches
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Screen type: IPS
Processor: Up to seventh-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Integrated
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage: Up to 512GB PCI Express SSD
Up to 128GB PCI Express SSD / 1TB SATA HDD combo
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Camera: 720p with dual-array microphones
Audio: Dolby Home Theater
Harman Audio
Battery: Up to 10 hours
Ports: 2x USB 3.0 (one charges)
1x USB Type-C
1x SD card reader
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x headphone/microphone combo jack
Size: 12.9 x 9.0 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 3.9 pounds
Colors: Onyx Black
Mineral Grey
Metallic Gold

According to Lenovo, the refreshed 2-in-1 device sports smaller bezels on each side of the screen, reduced from 12.3mm to 7.6mm for a better viewing experience. The refresh is slightly smaller, too, despite keeping the same screen size, down from the older model’s dimensions of 13.24 x 9.13 x 0.82 inches.

On the processor front, Lenovo doesn’t list specific chips, but does indicate on the product page that it will likely ship with configurations based on the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. The older model supported processors up to a seventh-generation Core i5 chip, and up to an Intel Pentium 4405U chip. Lenovo may have done away with the AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics option, too.

One noticeable change is the storage configurations. The older model provides storage options of up to 1TB on a hard drive or up to 256GB on an SSD. The new 14-inch model, as the specs show above, doubles the SSD capacity limit while throwing in a storage configuration pairing a 1TB hard drive with an SSD of up to 128GB in storage capacity.

Right now, pricing and availability is unknown, but Lenovo will likely reveal the new 2-in-1 during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, starting February 27. However, as a comparison, Lenovo sells seven different set configurations of the current 14-inch Lenovo Flex 4 ranging from $370 to $950 (web prices). We presume the new units may be sold as the Lenovo Flex 5 here in the U.S.


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