Lenovo's latest Legion Pro gaming laptops unveiled at CES

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i at CES 2023
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Image credit: Daniel Rubino | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo unveils updated editions of its Legion gaming laptops at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, supporting the latest Intel 13th Gen and AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
  • Calling them the world's first 16" AI-tuned laptops, Lenovo's LA AI chip uses machine-learning software to automatically adjust the Legion's internal components for maximum performance.
  • No mobile GPUs were defined in the posted specifications, which also confirmed the Legion Pro 7 model will not be available in North America.

Lenovo has announced updates to its range of Legion gaming laptops at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, including what it's calling the world's most powerful 16" AI-tuned gaming laptops. Its Lenovo LA AI chip, the first dedicated AI chip on a portable gaming machine, comes installed on the Legion Pro 7, Pro 7i, Pro 5, and Pro 5i models. This chip powers Lenovo AI Engine+, which uses software-based machine learning via its Lenovo Vantage software to monitor in-game frame rates and adjust the internal components to target the highest performance.

Lenovo has also included Tobii Horizon, a gearless head-tracking software that increases gaming immersion and supports the companion Tobii Aware app alongside the built-in Legion webcams. Security-conscious features include automatically locking the laptop when an authorized user is not detected, protecting sensitive information, and offering accessibility tools such as automatically snapping active windows to an external monitor focused by the user.

  • Lenovo Legion Pro 7i with Intel CPU - $1999.99 from March 2023
  • Lenovo Legion Pro 7 with AMD CPU - not available in North America
  • Lenovo Legion Pro 5i with Intel CPU - $1479.99 from April 2023
  • Lenovo Legion Pro 5 with AMD CPU - $1459.99 from April 2023

Its high-end 5i and 7i models feature options for the latest Intel 13th Gen and AMD 7000 series processors, confirmed in the included specifications, but no clarification on GPU options yet. Equipped with the Legion ColdFront 5.0 cooling system and customizable options for smooth displays alongside per-key RGB keyboards, these battle-ready portable machines will all release throughout North America in 2023, except for the Legion Pro 7.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Image credit: Daniel Rubino | Windows Central)
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Header Cell - Column 0 Legion Pro 7Legion Pro 7i
Operating systemWindows 11 Home / ProWindows 11 Home / Pro
Display16" IPS 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600)16" IPS 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
Row 2 - Cell 0 240Hz VRR / 3ms response240Hz VRR / 3ms response
Row 3 - Cell 0 500nits / DisplayHDR 400500nits / DisplayHDR 400
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 7945HXIntel Core i9-13900HX
Row 5 - Cell 0 Row 5 - Cell 1 Intel Core i7-13700HX
Graphics"NVIDIA GeForce Next Gen""NVIDIA GeForce Next Gen"
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSDUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR5-6000Up to 32GB DDR5-6000
ConnectivityIntel Killer Wi-Fi 6EIntel Killer Wi-Fi 6E
Row 10 - Cell 0 2x2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E2x2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E
Ports4x USB-A / 2x USB-C4x USB-A / 2x USB-C
Row 12 - Cell 0 HDMI 2.1 / DP 1.4HDMI 2.1 / DP 1.4
BatteryUp to 99.99WhrUp to 99.99Whr
Weight2.8 kg2.8 kg
Dimensions363.4 x 262.15 x 21.95 mm363.4 x 262.15 x 21.95 mm

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i (Image credit: Lenovo)
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Header Cell - Column 0 Legion Pro 5Legion Pro 5i
Operating systemWindows 11 Home / ProWindows 11 Home / Pro
Display16" IPS 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600)16" IPS 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
Row 2 - Cell 0 240Hz VRR / 3ms response240Hz VRR / 3ms response
Row 3 - Cell 0 165Hz / 3ms response165Hz / 3ms response
Row 4 - Cell 0 500nits / DisplayHDR 400500nits / DisplayHDR 400
Row 5 - Cell 0 300nits300nits
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 7845HXIntel Core i9-13900HX
Row 7 - Cell 0 AMD Ryzen 7 7745HXIntel Core i7-13700HX
Row 8 - Cell 0 AMD Ryzen 5 7645HXIntel Core i7-13500HX
Graphics"NVIDIA GeForce Next Gen""NVIDIA GeForce Next Gen"
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSDUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR5-5600Up to 32GB DDR5-5600
Connectivity2x2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E2x2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E
Ports4x USB-A / 2x USB-C4x USB-A / 2x USB-C
Row 14 - Cell 0 HDMI 2.1 / DP 1.4HDMI 2.1 / DP 1.4
Battery80Whr80Whr
Weight2.5 kg2.5 kg
Dimensions363.4 x 260.4 x 21.9 mm363.4 x 260.4 x 21.9 mm

Without confirmation on which regions the Legion Pro 7 with its AMD Ryzen CPU will release, the range realistically shrinks to three gaming laptops for North America. The real-world performance of the Lenovo LA AI chip remains to be proven, but the sample units look beautiful in person at CES.

With pricing starting at $1,460 and hitting as high as $2,000, the Legion laptops are not intended as budget gaming machines. If the mobile GPUs match the high-end CPU models, these performance models could stand tall against some of the best gaming laptops when they drop. If we can get our hands on any of this updated range for testing in the future, we'll report back with benchmarks and impressions.

Ben Wilson
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