Best 5G laptops Windows Central 2022
The best 5G laptop is one that brings long battery life, powerful performance hardware, premium design, and the ability to connect to the fastest wireless network possible. If you're looking to the future and want to ensure you can get in on 5G connectivity, we've put together this collection of the best 5G laptops available today.
- Best overall: HP Spectre x360 14 (5G)
- Incredible design: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (5G)
- Best battery: Dell Latitude 9520 2-in-1 (5G)
- Best for collaboration: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 (5G)
- Lightweight convertible: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 (5G)
Best overall: HP Spectre x360 14
The HP Spectre x360 14 is our pick for overall best Windows laptop, and it just so happens to be configurable with 5G connectivity. This is one you don't want to miss if you'd like an all-around awesome convertible that can stay connected everywhere.
The mobile configuration has an Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD. The 13.5-inch display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and comes with up to a 3000x2000 resolution. That high-res screen is also OLED for an incredible picture, with 100% DCI-P3 color, 400 nits brightness, and an anti-reflective coating. All displays support inking as well, allowing you to better use the laptop as a tablet or in a studio setup.
A front-facing camera with IR sensor includes a shutter for added privacy, and a fingerprint reader is also on board. For even more safety, a privacy screen can be added to the FHD+ display. This premium laptop doesn't cost as much as you might expect, especially considering all the extra features available.
- Amazing 3K OLED display option
- Pen and leather cover included
- Exceptional amped quad speakers
- 5G connectivity
- Excellent keyboard and trackpad
- Slight looseness to trackpad
HP Spectre x360 14 (5G)
The Spectre x360 14 brings a gorgeous 3:2 display, outstanding quad speakers, excellent trackpad, and just the right number of ports to this top-tier convertible laptop. Powered by Intel 11th Gen processors, all-day battery life, and an option for a stellar OLED display, this laptop is nearly flawless.
Incredible design: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
Perhaps the most impressive piece of hardware to come out of CES 2021 was the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. While Lenovo's standard X1 Yoga is about to enter its seventh generation, the Titanium version is entirely new.
This is a 13.5-inch laptop built from — you guessed it — titanium, as well as magnesium and carbon. It weighs in at 2.54 pounds (1.15kg) and is just 0.45 inches (11.5mm) thin. The convertible chassis is built extremely well with the ThinkPad durability you expect, plus the 360-degree hinges allow you to use the device as a tablet, notebook, or something in between.
An active pen is included for the touch display, adding some versatility to this 5G laptop. The display itself has a new boxy 3:2 aspect ratio and sharp 2256x1504 (2K) resolution, complete with Dolby Vision and plenty of brightness.
Typing on the ThinkPad keyboard is excellent; there are two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and an IR camera, fingerprint reader, and webcam shutter add security. As for performance, 11th Gen Intel Core vPro processors (CPU), up to 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and up to a 1TB M.2 PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) should do the trick. The laptop is certified with Intel Evo.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem adds 5G connectivity (it will use 4G LTE if no 5G is available), and you also get Wi-Fi 6 for the best possible wireless connections.
- Beautiful titanium chassis
- 2K touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio
- ThinkPad typing
- Intel Evo certification
- IR camera, fingerprint reader, webcam shutter
- Very expensive
Best battery: Dell Latitude 9520 2-in-1
Buying a laptop with 5G connectivity generally means you're going to be on the move, so you want a battery that can keep up with your mobility. Dell's Latitude 9510 2-in-1, announced at CES 2021, kicked things off with more than 30 hours of battery thanks to an 88Wh battery. That continues with the Latitude 9520 2-in-1, with updated 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, up to 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage, and 8GB of LPDDR4x-4266MHz RAM.
The convertible 9520 has a durable aluminum build (made for the professional world) with a silver finish, weighing in at 3.3 pounds (1.5kg). It's slim, yet it retains a solid selection of ports, including HDMI, USB-A, two Thunderbolt 4, and a microSD card reader. The keyboard and touchpad continue the 9510's redesign, and the top-firing speakers flanking the keys pump out clear, unmuffled audio.
The 15-inch touch display that comes with the 5G configuration has a 1920x1080 (FHD) resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, plus there's an IR camera and shutter for added security. You can also add a fingerprint reader. Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity keep you connected everywhere, with plenty of provider options available straight from Dell.
- Great port selection
- Long battery life
- Top-firing speakers
- Premium aluminum build
- Good performance
- Only FHD display
Best for collaboration: HP Elite Dragonfly G2
HP's Elite Dragonfly G2 is an evolution of the first Dragonfly (check out our HP Elite Dragonfly review for full details). Whereas the first version came equipped with 4G, the G2 has stepped up to 5G thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem.
Physically, the Dragonfly G2 hasn't changed much. You still get a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a gorgeous "Dragonfly Blue" color, and you still get a thin and light build that's easy to take with you. Performance gets a big boost thanks to 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs (standard and vPro) and Intel Iris Xe graphics, plus up to 32GB of RAM.
There are a few touch displays from which to choose, including two FHD options and one 4K option. The first FHD is low power with 400 nits brightness, while the other is 1,000 nits and has Sure View for added privacy. Finally, the 4K option has 550 nits brightness and HDR. All are compatible with an active pen you can add for an extra charge.
The Dragonfly G2 has several new smart features, including on-lap detection, intrusion detection, dynamic audio, noise reduction, and sound calibration, making it easy to collaborate without outside interference.
Note that the HP Dragonfly G3 was announced at CES 2022 and is expected to launch any day. It's a non-convertible version with a taller 3:2 display, 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, better camera, larger battery, and optional OLED display.
- 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs
- Three display options
- New smart features
- Premium build quality
- Might want to wait for G3 model
Lightweight convertible: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 13
As far as convertible laptops go, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 is one of our favorites. It even makes the list of the best 15-inch laptops as the best for media. Though this full-size model doesn't come with 5G connectivity, you can get it if you don't mind dropping down to 13 inches.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 with 5G is lightweight and sleek, measuring in at just 0.45 inches (11.4mm) thin. It has Thunderbolt 4 and dual USB-C due to its thin chassis. The 13.3-inch AMOLED display is touch, with excellent color reproduction and an included S Pen for inking. The only resolution available is 1920x1080 (FHD), but it looks quite crisp at this size.
Samsung's official website has 5G models for sale, with either 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs. Also included is up to 16GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVme SSD.
- Outstanding AMOLED display
- Excellent inking and convertible experience
- Thin and light with excellent performance
- Decent battery life
- 5G connectivity
- Awful webcam and mediocre speakers
- 16:9 display
- Only FHD resolution
If you're looking at picking up a laptop with 5G connectivity, the best right now is the HP Spectre x360 14. Its convertible design is nearly flawless, and it's packed with high-end features, including IR camera, privacy shutter, and included active pen for inking. The 3K2K OLED display is perhaps its most coveted feature thanks to 400 nits brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color, and anti-reflective coating.
We'd also like to include the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, but it's not expected to launch until May 2022. We got a quick hands-on with the new ARM device, and we should have a unit in for review when it becomes available. It has inside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor, and it's pegged at about 28 hours of battery life. Take that with a grain of salt.
If none of these laptops are really what you're looking for, our collection of the best Windows laptop options has way more variety. And if you don't want to spend extra for a 5G device, be sure to have a look at our collection of the best Windows LTE laptops.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.
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