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Lenovo expands Flex hybrid laptop family with Full HD Flex 2 models

Katharine Byrne
17 Apr 2014
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Flex 2 to come with 1,920x1,080 screens and discrete graphics

Lenovo has announced it will be introducing two new laptops to its Flex range of budget hybrids.

Flex 2

Known collectively as the Flex 2, the laptop will be available in both 14in and 15.6in models and will come with the Flex's unique 300 degree hinge. This lets the laptop fold in half to transform it from an ordinary laptop into a kind of a makeshift stand to make it easier to use the touchscreen. A backlit keyboard will be optional.

We quite liked the original Flex 15 when we reviewed it earlier this year, but the Flex 2 will improve on its predecessors in several key areas. One of the biggest changes comes in the form of brighter 1,920x1,080 screens, which will be available on selected models. The laptop's hardware will also be more powerful, ranging right up to fourth generation Core i7 processors and discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics chips.

Flex 2

The Flex 2 will be available with AMD hardware as well. Users will be able to choose from models with AMD Radeon R5 M230 discrete graphics chips, and the 15in version of the Flex 2 will have AMD APU's ranging all the way up to A8 chips with on-chip Radeon graphics.

As for storage, Lenovo has said the Flex 2 will have three different configuations: up to a 1TB hard disk, a 1TB hybrid SSHD, or a 256GB SSD.

These higher end models will no doubt stray from the traditionally entry-level prices of the previous Flex laptops we've tested, but Lenovo has said that the lower-end models will start with prices of just £299.99 for the 14in model and £349.99 for the 15.6in model, making the Flex 2 one of the cheapest hybrid laptops around.

Due to launch at the beginning of June, we'll bring you our final verdict as soon as we get hold of review samples.

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