The new executive status symbol is a PC with a 5G modem built-in. You won't have to connect to Wi-Fi. Verizon is one of the first to market, which adds $30 to your monthly wireless build. It will happily sell you the Lenovo in the picture for $1400. If you don't use Verizon wireless, the charge is $90.
Bevin Fletcher reports Lenovo had challenges adding 5G millimeter wave to the laptop and uses 9 antennas. Verizon refuses to provide any information on millimeter coverage; it's almost certainly less than 15% of the U.S. but centers on business districts.
Telcos originally expected many people would pay extra to connect tablets and PCs. So far, the signups have been very disappointing. Wi-Fi keeps getting better and is enough for most people.
Verizon introduces the Lenovo Flex 5G — the world’s first PC built for 5G Ultra Wideband
June 16, 2020 09:28 ET | Source: Verizon Communications
Meet the Lenovo™ Flex 5G, the world’s first PC with 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity1
Connect, create, collaborate and more with remarkable performance, speed and up to a day of battery life2
Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G compute platform, built to bring connectivity and mobility with PC performance and efficiency to consumers and small businesses, the Lenovo Flex 5G is designed specifically for 5G Ultra Wideband
Verizon also launches its first 5G Ultra Wideband Connected Device Plan, giving you limitless access to 5G Ultra Wideband3
NEW YORK, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verizon hits another 5G milestone with the launch of the world’s first 5G Ultra Wideband laptop1 — the new Lenovo Flex 5G — available at verizonwireless.com on June 18. To complement the Lenovo Flex 5G, Verizon is also offering its first 5G Ultra Wideband Connected Device Plan, starting at $30 a month.
Lenovo Flex 5G takes advantage of Verizon’s unprecedented 5G Ultra Wideband speeds to connect, collaborate and download files at up to 2 gigabits per second. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G compute platform brings astonishing performance and efficiency to this slim, sleek, fanless device. Crafted from premium aluminum and soft-touch magnesium, this ultra-portable 2-in-1 offers a full high-definition experience on a wide-angle 14” touchscreen, complemented by Dolby Atmos®-optimized audio. And with a battery that lasts up to 24 hours, you won’t miss a beat. Here are the coolest features of the Lenovo Flex 5G:
Revolutionary 5G connectivity: The Lenovo Flex 5G works great on Verizon’s blazing-fast 5G Ultra Wideband network, and will connect to Verizon’s low-band 5G network, going live later this year. It also switches between 5G Ultra Wideband, 4G LTE and WiFi, ensuring you have access to the data you need.3
With the power of 5G, you can use cloud computing to collaborate and create content with multiple people in real-time. Edit video with split processing between your PC and the cloud while video chatting. Enjoy mobile gaming with low latency and more. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is currently available on 14 devices in parts of 35 cities, with more being lit up throughout 2020.
Powerful productivity: The Lenovo Flex 5G is powered by Snapdragon 8cx 5G, a computing platform that enables the speed and performance of a premium PC in an ultra-thin, modern laptop. Snapdragon 8cx 5G provides a superior always-on, always-connected computing experience, so you can create, collaborate, and communicate from anywhere. Users will experience powerful graphics and performance, multi-day battery life2 and multi-gigabit connectivity speeds, thanks to the integrated Snapdragon X24 4G and Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system.
A 2-in-1 for all your needs: The effortlessly portable 2-in-1 Flex 5G is an accessible alternative for mobile multitaskers, work-from-homers and road warriors who need faster and more reliable connectivity when streaming, real-time collaborating, video-chatting, gaming and file-transferring when you’re not connected to a strong, secure WiFi network. Fold it in half and flip it over to transform the Flex 5G into a powerful tablet, perfect for taking notes, sketching designs or watching your favorite videos.
Business ready: Entrepreneurs, road warriors and side-hustlers can get work done anywhere, anytime with the Lenovo Flex 5G. It offers the full PC functionality and performance with the ability to leverage 5G for more reliable connectivity options for streaming, real-time collaborating, video-chatting, or file-transferring when not connected to secure, stable WiFi. We know security is extremely important when it comes to your personal information and files and Lenovo built the Lenovo Flex 5G with many safeguards in place. The laptop includes enterprise-grade security features like
Windows Hello and an integrated IR camera that is designed to recognize only you.
Verizon unveils 5G Ultra Wideband connected device plan
With the introduction of the Lenovo Flex 5G, Verizon also unveiled a brand new 5G Ultra Wideband Connected Device Plan for consumers that offers the following for just $30 per month with an existing line (or $90 per month without):
When on Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband:
Unlimited access to 5G Ultra Wideband
Unlimited access to 5G Ultra Wideband Hotspot
Unlimited 4K HD-quality streaming video
When on Verizon 4G LTE:
Unlimited 4G LTE data (+15GB premium data)4
Unlimited Hotspot (15GB at 4G LTE)5
HD-quality streaming video at 720p
Access to Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is only available with the new Unlimited with 5G Ultra Wideband plan. You can also sign up for our existing 4G LTE Unlimited connected device plan, metered/shared data plans and our single device plan, which offers 1GB for $10 a month with auto-payment.