Inside Lenovo Yoga 520 (Flex 5) – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

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The Lenovo Flex 5 looks like a normal mid-range convertible, right? well, if you dig deep enough, you will see some cool features that are not necessarily inherent to 14-inch 2-in-1s. Also, the access to the hardware is pretty easy.

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1. Removing the bottom plate

To detach the bottom piece, you will just have to remove all the screws around the bottom and then gently pry it up. This will give you access to all of the internals.

2. Storage

This small chassis holds the usual M.2 SSD slot and another 2.5-inch drive bay. Our unit, in particular, came only with an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD from Intel with 256GB capacity leaving the 2.5-inch HDD/SSD slot free for upgrade. Usually, 14-inch convertibles don’t have the 2.5-inch bay so this is a big bonus to consider.

3. Memory, battery and Wi-Fi

Surprisingly, the motherboard has one RAM chip slot that can be filled with up to 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM but the unit we’ve tested was equipped with a 4GB chip. The slot, however, is located under the small metal shield in the middle. It can be removed by loosening the clips holding it.

You can find the Wi-Fi adapter placed near one of the hinges and it’s Qualcomm QCNFA435.

Unfortunately, the battery is rather small and our endurance tests confirm that.

4. Cooling system

The cooling design is simple as it gets – just one short heat pipe connecting the cooling fan and the heat sink.

Lenovo Flex 5 configurations

Lenovo Flex 5 (14″) – $679.99
  • Intel Core i5-7200U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 128GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
Lenovo Flex 5 (14″) – $771.13
  • Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 1000GB HDD
  • 8GB RAM
Lenovo Flex 5 (14″) – $999.00
  • Intel Core i7-7500U
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB GDDR5)
  • 1000GB HDD + 128GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
Lenovo Flex 5 (14″) – Not available
  • Intel Core i3-7100U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 256GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM

(laptopmedia.com, https://goo.gl/rNqPoa)

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