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Lenovo's new Yoga 7i and Yoga 9i (Gen 7) premium convertibles excel at entertainment and productivity

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen7 Press
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen7 Press (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the new Yoga 7i (14" and 16") and the new Yoga 9i (14") at CES 2022.
  • The 14-inch Yoga 7i (Gen 7) is geared toward entertainment, while the 16-inch Yoga 7i (Gen 7) with discrete graphics is better for productivity.
  • The Yoga 9i (Gen 7) is a premium 14-inch convertible with rotating hinge soundbar and snappy performance.
  • All laptops are expected Q2 2022 with the Yoga 7i starting at $899 and the Yoga 9i starting at $1,399.

The convertible Yoga 7i — both 14- and 16-inch sizes — is getting refreshed, Lenovo announced at CES 2022. These premium convertible PCs, regularly included in our collection of the best Lenovo laptops, are now in their seventh generation.

The smaller Yoga 7i comes at you with up to a 2.8K OLED touch display with 100% DCI-P3 color and Dolby Vision for better viewing in supported content. There's no rotating soundbar hinge like on the Yoga 9i, but the quad top-firing speakers do come with Dolby Atmos support for more immersive audio.

The 16-inch Yoga 7i — which seems to be taking over for the older 15-inch model — is equipped with a 2560x1600 (QHD+) touch display with 16:10 aspect ratio, including 100% sRGB color, 400 nits brightness, and TÜV low blue light. Dolby Vision is included, as is Dolby Atmos for the laptop's quad top-firing speakers. Displays are compatible with active pens, though they are an optional add-on. Above the display is an FHD and IR hybrid webcam for clear video conferencing and facial recognition abilities. A webcam shutter adds privacy when not in use.

Both the 14- and 16-inch Yoga 7i models are available with Intel's new 12th Gen Core P-series mobile CPUs and Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. However, the larger Yoga 7i also has the option for 12th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile CPUs and Intel's Arc A discrete GPU for better performance. Models with integrated graphics will run on a 71Wh battery, while those with discrete graphics get a significant bump up to a 100Wh battery. Up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD round things out. These laptops hit the right specs for Intel Evo, now in its third edition.

CategoryYoga 9iYoga 7i
OSWindows 11Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i7-1260P
12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i7-1260P
Core i5-12500H
Core i7-12700H
RAM8GB, 16GB LPDDR58GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe
Integrated
Intel Iris Xe
Intel Arc A (discrete)
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (WUXGA)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, 60Hz, touch
2880x1800 (WQHD+)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 60Hz, touch
3840x2400 (WQUXGA)
OLED, HDR 500
Dolby Vision
IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 60Hz, Touch
16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2560x1600 (2.5K)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, 60Hz, Low blue light, Dolby Vision
14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2.8K OLED
100% DCI-P3, Dolby Vision
PenPrecision Pen 2
E-Color pen
Included
Tilt detection
Precision Pen 2
E-Color pen
Optional
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2
3.5mm audio
SD card reader
Two Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2
HDMI 2.0
SD card reader
3.5mm audio
AudioBowers & Wilkins soundbar
Quad speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dual microphones
Dual 2W tweeters
Dual 3W woofers
Dolby Atmos
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
CameraFHD with IR hybridFHD with IR hybrid
Privacy shutter
KeyboardSmart Sense backlightBacklit
TouchpadPrecisionPrecision
SecurityFingerprint reader
IR camera
Fingerprint reader (optional)
IR camera
Battery75Wh71Wh
100Wh
Dimensions12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 – 0.65
(318mm x 230mm x 16.5mm)
16-inch:
14.23 x 9.83 x 0.76
(361.51mm x 249.65mm x 19.2mm)
WeightFrom 3.26 pounds (1.48kg)16-inch:
From 4.63 pounds (2.1kg)
ColorStorm Grey
Oatmeal
Storm Grey
Stone Blue (14")
Arctic Grey (16")
AvailabilityQ2 2022Q2 2022
PriceFrom $1,399From $899 (16")
From $949 (14")

Moving on to Lenovo's 14-inch flagship Yoga 9i, it now has rounded edges for its all-aluminum chassis, making it more comfortable to hold onto (especially in tablet mode). Storm Grey and Oatmeal colors are available. The rotating soundbar hinge, one of the laptop's best features, now has quad Bowers & Wilkins speakers (two woofers, two tweeters) for louder and more robust audio. Dolby Atmos adds to the immersion.

The laptop's entertainment factor only gets better from there, with up to 3840x2400 (UHD+) OLED touch display with 100% DCI-P3 color, 16:10 aspect ratio, and 400 nits brightness. VESA DisplayHDR 500, Dolby Vision, and TÜV low blue light certification make this a truly enjoyable viewing experience. An active pen is included for inking. Above the display is an FHD and IR webcam hybrid for facial recognition and clear video.

Performance is stellar here thanks to 12th Gen Intel Core P-series CPUs, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, and Intel Evo third-edition certification. Up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD storage round things out nicely for anyone who wants to crush productivity during the day. The touchpad has been blown up with an extra 45% space for pointing, and the edge-to-edge keyboard now includes 1-Click Function keys that add extra shortcuts. You can quickly swap performance modes, enable background blur, swap system color modes, and employ a "Vibe Check" that smartly changes audio modes for easier listening.

Despite how thin the Yoga 9i is, it holds onto a decent offering of ports. Dual Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A 3.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack are included. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 round out wireless connectivity.

The Yoga 9i is expected Q2 2022 and should start at about $1.399. The 14-inch Yoga 7i is expected Q2 2022 and should start at about $949, while the 16-inch Yoga 7i is coming Q2 2022 with a starting price of about $899.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

1 Comment
  • "2.8k" OLED and a 75Wh battery in an 14" 2-in-1? Pen included?? Holy Christ. That sounds amazing. The 7i model even has discrete graphics (but the pen is separate). I'm still very much a detachables guy, but this looks really great. Any news on the Lenovo detachables front?