Project Limitless: Qualcomm and Lenovo debut the first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo have reminded us the humble laptop will also be revolutionised by 5G as part of a new collaboration.

Much of the discussion around 5G is dominated by smartphones and the IoT – which is fair, but let’s not forget the possibilities of 5G-connected PCs.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm announced that it’s teaming up with Lenovo on the first 5G laptop which is currently being dubbed ‘Project Limitless’ (we have a feeling it won’t be retailed as such.)

Alex Katouzian, SVP and General Manager of Mobile Business at Qualcomm, said:

“Our collaboration with Lenovo will deliver transformative PC user experiences for both consumers and the enterprise thanks to the platform’s performance and power efficiency, combined with the high speed, low-latency connectivity made possible by 5G.”

Limitless features Lenovo’s signature matte black finish and 360-degree Yoga-style hinge, in addition to a thin bezel display and large trackpad.

The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor paired with a Snapdragon x55 5G modem featuring 7GBps transfer speeds. While ever hitting 7GBps on a 5G connection is unlikely, even reaching half of that would open up a world of opportunities.

For anyone who does business on-the-move, dealing with what currently appears large files will be a breeze with multi-gigabit speeds. Upcoming cloud streaming services like xCloud and Stadia will mean instant access to 4K – perhaps one day even 8K – games while sitting on a train with almost zero latency.

Johnson Jia, SVP and GM, Consumer Business of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo, comments:

“With real 5G in a PC, it’s all about satisfying users’ need for speed: faster file transfers and streaming in 4K, 8K and even AR/VR; faster and higher quality video chats on-the-go; even faster screen refreshes for mobile gaming.

When we say limitless connectivity, we mean it – 5G PC users the world-over will save time, stay productive, or get online entertainment from nearly anywhere, at any time."

As someone who needs to get his gaming fix in between working on-the-go, the potential for such examples to become reality is exciting. Sure, you can get some basic work and gaming done on your smartphone these days – but 5G is also going to give laptops a new breath of life.

Thanks for reminding us about the humble laptop, Qualenovo.

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