How to open Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (16″ AMD, Gen 8) – disassembly and upgrade options


1. Removing the Bottom Panel

– Make sure the laptop is powered off and disconnected from any power source.
– Turn the laptop over to access the bottom.
– Unscrew the 9 Torx-head screws that secure the bottom panel.
– Using a plastic pry tool, gently start prying the bottom panel from one of the top two corners, working your way around the edges.
– Once all clips are released, lift off the bottom panel to reveal the internal components.


2. Battery Removal

– Before touching any other components, always disconnect the battery to prevent accidental short circuits.
– Gently detach the battery connector from the motherboard.
– Unscrew the 3 Phillips-head screws that secure the battery in place.
– Carefully lift and remove the battery from its compartment.


3. Storage Upgrade/Replacement

– The laptop comes equipped with a single M.2 slot, compatible with 2242-sized Gen 4 SSDs. However, due to AMD platform limitations, the slot operates at Gen 3 speeds.
– If you wish to access or replace the NVMe SSD, remove the metal shroud that protects it. This shroud has a thin thermal pad on the inside, which helps dissipate heat.
– Carefully unscrew and remove the existing SSD if you intend to replace it. If installing a new SSD, ensure it fits correctly and is securely screwed in place.


4. Memory (RAM)

– The RAM on this model is soldered to the motherboard, which means it’s non-upgradable. The laptop supports a maximum of 16GB of LPDDR4x-4266MHz memory operating in dual-channel mode.


5. Cooling System

– The cooling solution consists of a single large fan connected to two heat pipes, designed to dissipate heat from both the CPU and the GPU.
– If you wish to replace the thermal paste or clean the fan, ensure the laptop is disconnected from power, and be careful when detaching any connectors or screws related to the cooling system.
Note: Always be gentle when working with internal components to avoid any damage. When reassembling, ensure all connectors are properly connected and screws are securely in place. If you’re not comfortable disassembling your laptop, consider seeking professional assistance.

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This time around we'll show you the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (16″ AMD, Gen 8). This is a transformer with a big 16-inch touchscreen and the notebook is based on the AMD's Barcelo-U Refresh CPU platform. We already reviewed another "Flex" laptop from the same family and that's the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14" Gen 8). The latter performed very well for its size and since the machine in front of us is configured with the same processor, we are impatient to see how fast the bigger sibling is (because it has a wider chassis so the cooling will benefit from this).You can choose between two display [...]

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Capable cooling
  • Comfortable input devices
  • No PWM (LEN160WUXGA (LEN8156))
  • SD card reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Rigid chassis
  • Near-quiet fan
  • Adequate I/O

Cons

  • Soldered memory and just one M.2 slot
  • 50% sRGB coverage (LEN160WUXGA (LEN8156))
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