Lenovo’s latest 8th-generation IdeaPad Pro 5 is a welcome refresh that combines familiar aesthetics with substantial upgrades under the hood.
The laptop will sport AMD’s latest mobile processors paired with next-generation Nvidia and AMD GPUs. These new components will likely bump the performance and efficiency of the laptop over its previous-gen models.
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Pricing and Availability
The IdeaPad Pro 5 8th-gen comes in two configurations with different pricing and release dates. The first one to release is the 16-inch model, which is set to release in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in April 2023 and starts at €1399 / AED 5,500. The 14-inch model is expected to be available from July 2023, with prices starting at €999 / AED 4,000.
|IdeaPad Pro 5 (14”)||IdeaPad Pro 5 (16”)|
|Dimensions||312 x 221 x 15.99 mm||356 x 251 x 17.9 mm|
|Weight||Starting at 1.43 kg||Starting at 2 kg|
|Screen Size||14-inch IPS||16-inch IPS|
|Screen Refresh Rate||60 Hz and 120 Hz||120 Hz|
|Display Resolution||2240 x 1400 pixels2880 x 1800 pixels||2560 × 1080 pixels|
|Processor||Next-Gen AMD Ryzen Processors for Mobile||Next-Gen AMD Ryzen Processors for Mobile|
|Graphics||AMD Integrated Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce Next-Gen Laptop GPUAMD Integrated Graphics|
|Memory||LPDDR5: 16 GB/32 GB; Dual ChannelLPDDR5X: 16 GB/32 GB; Dual Channel||LPDDR5: 16 GB/32 GB; Dual ChannelLPDDR5X: 16 GB/32 GB; Dual Channel|
|Storage||M.2 PCle SSD: 512GB/1TB||M.2 PCle SSD: 512 GB/1 TB|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home||Windows 11 Home|
|Battery||75 WHr Polymer||75 WHr Polymer|
|Camera||IR FHD Camera with ToF Sensor and Privacy Shutter2 MP||IR FHD Camera with ToF Sensor and Privacy Shutter2 MP|
|Available Ports||1 x USB 4.0 Type-C1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (support USB + Power delivery + Display port)2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A1 x HDMI™ 2.11 x SD Card Reader1 x Audio Jack||1 x USB 4.0 Type-C1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (support USB + Power Delivery + Display)2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A1 x HDMI 2.11 x SD Card Reader1 x Audio Jack|
|Audio||2 x 2W speakers and Dolby Atmos||2 x 2W speakers and Dolby Atmos|
|Connectivity Options||Up to Wi-Fi 6EUp to Bluetooth 5.1||Up to Wi-Fi 6EUp to Bluetooth 5.1|
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The 8th-gen Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5 sports a similar design to its previous iterations. An all-aluminum chassis with a thin profile gives you the premium feel of a higher-end laptop.
Depending on your variant, these laptops can weigh between 1.4 to 2 kg, making them excellent on-the-go machines for students and professionals. You can also choose between Arctic Grey or Frost Blue for added personality.
With the latest models of the IdeaPad Pro 5, Lenovo uses 50% recycled aluminum for the bottom cover reducing the machine’s environmental footprint.
Lenovo has chosen to use IPS panels for the IdeaPad Pro 5. The higher-tier variants can offer up to 2.8K HD resolution at 120 Hz refresh rate. Brightness levels of up to 400 nits and 100% sRGB colors provide excellent picture quality for most activities.
The larger 16-inch models come with Lenovo’s brand-new Dynamic Display Switch that automatically changes the frame rate of the display. This feature offers a smoother viewing experience, especially when set to 120 Hz.
Lenovo has also gone all-in with their Eyesafe Certification that reduces blue light making the displays easy on the eye even for long viewing sessions.
The 14-inch model is built on AMD’s next-generation mobile processors paired with AMD’s iGPUs. The laptop’s memory configuration clocks in at 16 GB or 32 GB of LPDDR5 or LPDDR5x.
Storage is the only thing that’s expandable on the IdeaPad Pro 5. The laptop has an additional slot for an M.2 SSD for high-speed read, write, and transfer operations.
One thing to note with the Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5 laptops is that they are powered with AMD’s Zen 4 cores and Radeon 700M graphics.
You can also expect the Rembrandt-refresh Zen3+ based processors with Radeon 600M graphics. This can get confusing since AMD has not yet released the full mobile CPU line-up that Lenovo will use for their next-gen machines.
We’ll take a deeper dive into these in the future once the laptops become available and we have more information on AMD’s latest chips, possibly after CES 2023.
Features to Look Out For
The latest generation IdeaPad Pro 5 sports a touchpad that’s 25% larger than its predecessors. The added size offers an improved navigation experience.
All models also come with a Full HD IR camera with a Time of Flight sensor for online meetings and Windows Hello logins. The webcam also features a built-in shutter for improved privacy.
There’s also an abundance of ports to choose from, especially USB 4.0, which offers high-speed data transfer for increased productivity. You can also expect the standard bevy of ports like a USB-A, USB-C, HDMI 2.1, audio jack, and an SD card reader.
Battery and Charging
The powerhouse of the Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5 is a 75 Wh battery. Coupled with the efficient latest-gen AMD mobile processors, you can expect extended runtimes on the laptop.
In case you forgot to charge your computer, these machines have a feature that adds hours to your battery life on a quick 15-minute charge. There’s also Smart Power, a feature that detects user behavior and determines the best performance mode to put your laptop. It adjusts performance, cooling, and power draw based on your usage characteristics.
The 8th-generation Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5 is an all-around laptop with speedy and efficient performance. It’s the laptop for students and professionals who want a lightweight but versatile machine for their productivity needs.
It will be a reliable daily driver that does not compromise on style, performance, battery life, and value.