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Lenovo Legion 5 AMD review: The perfect entry-level machine

Work hard, play hard

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There was a time when Intel was the most recognized and demanded laptop processor maker. Right from powering an ultrathin notebook to a gaming beast, Intel dominated everything. However, AMD has made massive strides in the last few years, and we’re a quick change in market perception. Lenovo has joined the bandwagon, and AMD’s Ryzen 4000H series chips power the Legion 5 laptop.

The Legion 5 is an entry-level gaming laptop. While Intel configurations are available in a few markets, Lenovo has vetoed AMD for the Indian market. The prime question is, can the new Ryzen chips take on a legendary giant like Intel? Besides, the processor is just one organ of the complete machine. What about the GPU? The cooling? The display? Let’s find out!

It’s got a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate

Powered by AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPU

The keyboard is backlit, but you miss out on RGB

The body is Phantom Black and feels extremely sturdy

Work hard, play hard

That sounds like a cliche, right? The Legion 5 actually excels at being a very balanced laptop. The construction of the chassis is robust, and despite being plastic, it induces confidence. The design is modern, and the grills look quite futuristic. Just based on looks, the Legion 5 is confidence-inspiring, and there’s no body flex.

Our unit is the most commonly found variant and sports a Ryzen 5 4600H processor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB 5400 hard drive, and 256 GB PCIe storage. The base frequency is 3.0Ghz, across six Zen 2 CPU cores and 12 threads. It has an Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM, but there’s no real-time tracing. While the GPU specs may seem disappointing on paper, the real-world experience is surprisingly better.

Games like Apex Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and The Division 2 play like a breeze. You can easily expect it to churn out at least 60fps, while older games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive cross the 100 mark without any struggle. Intensive games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare hovered between 50 and 60. These numbers are quite encouraging because the experience is above average and consistent.

The 15.6-inch display has a matte finish that does a decent job of reducing reflection. The screen is bright enough, the colors are punchy, and it feels immersive. The bezels are thin, and the screen can lay back flat to 180 degrees.

Coming to work, the laptop can literally handle anything you throw at it. In an intense session, I had 16 Firefox tabs, three Word documents, two large Excel sheets, Zoom, and Spotify in tandem, without making me feel the laptop is entry-level. Video editing, rendering, and mathematical compilations are also effortless, albeit with a few more seconds.

A very utilitarian laptop

Gaming laptops generally have terrible battery life because the focus is on maximum performance. Lenovo has taken full advantage of the CPU and GPU, and the laptop can provide three to four hours of usage on a single charge. While this is in range with the competition, the laptop is well optimized to deliver more than four hours if the usage is light.

Despite the above-average battery life, don’t think about traveling a lot with this laptop along. It weighs like any other gaming laptop — a whopping 2.3kg. And the massive size of the chassis isn’t ideal for backpacking. However, this isn’t a shortcoming of the laptop since gaming rigs are designed to be more powerful, not portable.

One of the most things that I loved the most about the Legion 5 is its keyboard. With 1.5mm travel, it may take you a couple of hours to get used to if you’re coming from a paper-thin laptop like the MacBook Air. But once you get the hang of it, there’s no stopping. The keys feel very soft yet tactile, and the numeric pad is convenient.

Lastly, the keyboard layout is also optimum and encourages you to keep going without a break. Our unit has a white backlight, but an optional RGB one is available. The touchpad is fast, accurate, and big enough.

Vents and ports, everywhere

The laptop has many ventilation outlets, and you can hear the fan kick-in when intensive processing is required. The sides, as well as the bottom, are filled with grills, vents, and ports.

The heat doesn’t seep out of the keyboard and precisely gets pushed out via the openings.

This is an important factor because many laptops cannot control the flow and the heat ends up on your keyboard, passively making the experience underwhelming.

It’s also loaded with ports — AC power, Ethernet, four USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, USB-C with DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The USB-C port doesn’t support charging, and it misses out on an SD card reader. Being a budget-friendly offering, this one skips a biometric tool like a fingerprint scanner.

The Legion 5 has a 2W Harman speaker that’s way louder than you’d expect it to be. The speaker’s placement is on-point, and the sound output feels like it has surrounded you.

Finally, it’s got a 720p webcam that comes with a physical shutter to protect your privacy. I’d have preferred a 1080p camera since it literally costs nothing, and the world has moved on long ago. I’m not a fan of the webcam as it often makes you look very grainy even in well-lit conditions.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

With a starting price of INR 73,490, I’d like to add that calling the Legion 5 a “gaming laptop” is wrong. It’s a well-equipped laptop that’s gaming-centric. Lenovo has designed the laptop for casual gamers, and it does them justice perfectly. If you’re in the market for a hardcore gaming laptop, this surely isn’t made for you.

I’d say Lenovo has done a fabulous job creating a balanced machine that can get everything done. Work during the day and play hard during the night. Have a few hobby ideas? Go ahead and finish them on the weekend! If you get what I mean, this laptop is for you. It tries to be good at almost everything, and it does it without disappointing.

Many now-basic features like Windows Hello, USB-C charging, Full HD webcam, and RGB keyboard are missing. But if you think about it, are these omissions a deal-breaker?

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Moto G60 and G40 Fusion launch with 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 732G

The price is genuinely surprising

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Moto has always followed a laid-back approach to new launches and doesn’t get into aggressive marketing like Xiaomi or realme. It also doesn’t maintain a very attractive price point, often getting sidelined. Though, things are starting to change with the recently launched Moto G60 and the G40 Fusion.

The Moto G60 will go directly against the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the POCO X3 Pro, realme 7 Pro, and the Galaxy M31. It’s a very competitive market and Moto has a unique selling point — stock Android interface.

The two phones have a lot in common like a 6.8-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and punch-hole cut-out for the front camera. Powering them is a Snapdragon 732G processor with Adreno 618 GPU and up to 6GB RAM. There’s a microSD card slow for storage expansion.

On the rear is a triple camera setup and the G60 get a 108-megapixel sensor while the G40 Fusion has a 64-megapixel unit. The other two cameras are same for both the phones and consist of an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The G60 gets a 32-megapixel front camera while the G40 sports a 16-megapixel one.

The duo ships with Android 11 out-of-the-box and runs on a 6000mAh battery. There’s support for 20W fast charging via Quick Charge 4. A fingerprint scanner is located on the back for authentication and Motorola has also retained the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Only one storage configuration is available on the G60 and the 6GB+128GB model costs INR 17,999 (US$ 240). Sale starts from April 27 and ICICI Bank cardholders can avail a INR 1,500 discount as launch offer.

The G40 Fusion is priced at INR 13,999 (US$ 185) for the 4GB+64GB option and INR 15,999 (US$ 211) for the 6GB+128GB. It’ll go on sale from May 1 and ICICI Bank cardholders get a INR 1,000 discount. Both the phones are available in Dynamic Gray and Frosted Champagne color options.

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The LG Wing gets a huge price cut, now available for $400

Offer available till stocks last

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Last week, LG announced it’ll entirely shut down its mobile division due to rising losses. It’ll stop making new phones, but existing inventory is up for grabs. It seems like the company is earnest about leaving the past behind and has announced a massive discount on the recently launched LG Wing.

The LG Wing has received a massive price cut of almost INR 40,000 (US$ 532). It was launched for INR 69,990 (US$ 931) in October 2020 but will now sell for INR 29,999 (US$ 400) via Flipkart. Only the 8GB+128GB option was launched in India.

While this may be surprising for readers from other markets, LG has previously introduced such radical discounts in India. Even the LG G8X, which launched for INR 70,000 (US$ 931), was soon available for INR 25,990 (US$ 345). It’s still in stock and available for a discounted price. In fact, you can exchange your old phone in return for further discounts of up to INR 16,500 (US$ 220).

LG Mobile intends to close down by July 31 completely. So, the time span available to grab existing inventory is short. Thankfully, a one-year warranty and five-year service for the LG Wing are mentioned, meaning LG intends to keep the spare and service supply chain active for a long time.

It has also confirmed that these recent phones shall receive active software updates for up to three years. So, if you’re thinking of grabbing a niche phone that looks unique, this is your chance.

If it helps, this writer purchased the LG G8X three months ago for a discounted price and it has turned out to be an extremely solid phone. The Dual Screen setup comes in very handy for Zoom calls, reading, and researching. We’re unlikely to see such radical or experimental ideas anytime soon since most companies are now focused on scaling, in turn, moving away from a niche market.

Read Also: The LG Wing 5G offers a new smartphone experience

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Samsung launches Galaxy S20 FE 5G variant with Snapdragon 865

Don’t prefer Exynos? This one’s for you!

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE made its debut in the US last year in both, 4G and 5G capable options. The phone was launched in India after a few months and played a critical role in grabbing the premium market, albeit with a slightly pocket-friendly price.

The 5G option of the phone sports a Snapdragon 865 processor, while the 4G one has an Exynos processor. All other specifications of the phone remain the same. While this is true on-paper, many have been disappointed with the Exynos option and the new phone helps bridge the gap.

Its got a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass protection. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

On the rear is a triple-camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is capable of zooming up to 30x and multi-frame night mode. The front has a 32-megapixel selfie camera for selfies.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging. It’s worth noting that the 4G variant comes with 15W fast charging, instead. It runs on OneUI 2.0 out-of-the-box and features an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication.

The phone is priced at INR 55,999, but you can grab it for just INR 47,999 as an introductory price. It’ll go on sale via Amazon.in, Samsung.com, and other partner stores. Color options include Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, and Cloud Lavender.

Read Also: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Unboxing and Review: Not What You Think!

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