Lenovo announces refreshed Legion 7 and Legion Slim 7 laptops at CES 2021
A 16-inch QHD display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 165Hz refresh rate is maybe the most exciting upgrade to Lenovo's Legion 7 laptop.
What you need to know
- Lenovo has revealed its refreshed lineup of Legion 7 and Legion Slim 7 laptops.
- New display options, better airflow, larger heat sink, updated Q-Control, and new AI Engine are all expected.
- The latest mobile AMD CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs will be available in the Legion 7 and Legion Slim 7.
- The Legion 7 is expected to start at $1,670 and launch June 2021, while the Legion Slim 7 is expected to launch May 2021 (pricing TBD).
Lenovo's high-end lineup of Legion 7 laptops is getting a refresh, announced during CES 2021. Both the standard Legion 7 and the Legion Slim 7 have some exciting new features and design changes, which should appeal to gamers.
Perhaps the best change for this new generation's Legion 7 is a 16-inch display with boxier 16:10 aspect ratio. The chin below the display has been mostly removed, and you ultimately have more screen real estate to work with. It has a 2560x1600 (2K) resolution for crisp visuals, and the 165Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time make everything look buttery smooth. That's not all: you're also getting 100% sRGB color, VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, Dolby Vision, and NVIDIA G-Sync.
All this display is backed up by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 processor (the latest Mobile chips expected to be announced soon), as well as next-gen NVIDIA mobile GPUs. This laptop is stacked. Rounding out features for the Legion 7 is Killer Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, Coldfront 3.0 cooling with larger vapor chamber, and webcam shutter for added privacy.
|Category||Lenovo Legion 7|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
Windows 10 Pro
|Processor||Up to AMD Ryzen 9|
|RAM||Up to 32GB DDR4-3200MHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX|
|Storage||Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD|
16:10 aspect ratio
165Hz, 3ms, 500 nits
VESA DisplayHDR 400
|Ports||Three USB-C 3.2|
Three USB-A 3.2
|Audio||Dual 2W Harman speakers|
|Connectivity||Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650|
|Keyboard||Corsair iCUE RGB|
|Battery||Up to 8 hours|
|Dimensions||14.01 x 10.27 x 0.79-0.93 inches|
(356mm x 261.04mm x 20.1-23.5mm)
|Weight||5.5 pounds (2.5kg)|
A Legion Slim 7 refresh is also in order at CES 2021, especially important for those who want the thinnest possible chassis. There are two 15.6-inch displays to choose from, each with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The high-end version comes with a 3840x2160 (4K) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, and 100% AdobeRGB color, while the FHD version has a 165Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB color, and Dolby Vision.
It's all powered by AMD's latest Ryzen mobile processors and NVIDIA's latest NVIDIA RTX mobile graphics, meaning you're going to get series performance. The Slim 7 is the thinnest and lightest gaming laptop Lenovo has ever created, weighing in at about 4.2 pounds (1.9kg). It's available with a 720p camera and privacy shutter, Wi-Fi 6, Coldfront 3.0 thermals, fingerprint reader, and optional Corsair iCUE keyboard backlight.
Both laptops feature Lenovo's TrueStrike gaming keyboard, updated Lenovo Q-Control with new Intelligent Mode profile, Nahimic Audio speaker tuning by SteelSeries, and a new Lenovo Legion AI Engine that helps all hardware and software work together for easy overclocking and power management.
The Lenovo Legion 7 is expected to start at about $1,670 and should release June 2021. As for the Legion Slim 7, no price is so far listed. Expect it to be released May 2021.
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