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Lenovo drops two new Yoga laptops, refreshes the Yoga 7

At its first offline event in over two years, Lenovo India announced two Yoga laptops and refreshed the existing Yoga 7i. The new releases include the Yoga Slim 7 Pro and the Yoga 9. 

The Yoga 9 is the most powerful and the most expensive device of the bunch, powered by Intel’s 12th gen Core i7 1280P processor, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

The Slim 7 Pro, on the other hand, gets the slightly weaker core i7 1260P with the same LPDDR5 RAM (running at a lower frequency) and Iris Xe graphics.  

As for the Yoga 7i refresh, the updated model now has the same 12th gen i7 1260P processors as the Slim 7 Pro, the same LPDDR5 RAM and Iris Xe graphics. All three laptops get the same 14-inch 16:10 aspect ratio 90Hz display, although the Slim 7 Pro misses out on touchscreen support. 

The Yoga 9 is priced at ₹1,69,990, the Slim 7i Pro comes in at ₹1,06,990, and the refreshed Yoga 7 now goes for ₹1,14,990. The devices will be available for sale starting next week. 

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Yoga 9

A rather sleek-looking device, by the looks of the Yoga 9 all three of the devices launched today use — what Lenovo is calling — Comfort Edge. It’s essentially a curved edge around the side of the laptop instead of the regular flat edges we’re used to seeing to make the device easy to hold. 

And it works; the Yoga 9 is a small device with a firm hinge and a relatively decent 14-inch touch display. Lenovo has made it a point to introduce 16:10 aspect ratio displays across its Yoga lineup, and with a device that small, a tall screen comes in handy.

Lenovo drops two new Yoga laptops, refreshes the Yoga 7
Lenovo’s curved edges really make the laptop a pleasure to hold.

The keyboard and trackpad are nothing mind-blowing but will suffice for the kind of user Lenovo’s targeting. The trackpad works well, and the larger size helps. The key travel on the keyboard wasn’t quite as much but it does compensate for that with good key stabilisation. It’s also the only device in the lineup to feature a fingerprint reader beside the keyboard.

In terms of hardware, as mentioned before, the laptop runs Intel’s 12th gen Core i7 1280P series processor with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores. The RAM comes in at 16GB of LPDDR5 memory running at 2500MHz, but it is soldered onto the board with no scope for upgradability there. Finally, graphics are taken care of by Intel’s Iris Xe, and there’s a 1TB M.2 SSD for storage. 

The Yoga 9 is priced at ₹1,69,990 and will be available for sale starting next week.

SpecificationsYoga 9
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1280P
RAM16GB  LPDDR5 RAM
Dual-channel at 5200MHz
Storage1TB M.2 SSD PCIe Gen 4 2242
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe graphics
Display14-inch 4K (3840×2400) OLED Touchscreen
90Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB
DisplayHDR, HDR500
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.2
Battery75WHr
OSWindows 11 Home

Yoga Slim 7 Pro

The Slim 7 Pro almost feels like a toned-down version of the Yoga 9. The laptop’s virtually identical in terms of feel and builds compared to the more expensive sibling. The rounded edge and the full aluminium body make the laptop a pleasure to hold with little to no flex on the keyboard deck.

The keyboard on the model we tested out had slightly less key travel as compared to the Yoga 9, but it’s not a dealbreaker, just something new users might have to get used to. The trackpad also maintains its size, which kind of squeezes the keyboard deck a little but once again, it’s just a matter of getting used to the device.

Lenovo drops two new Yoga laptops, refreshes the Yoga 7
The Yoga Slim 7 Pro is the cheapest of the new devices. | Source: Lenovo

You do miss out on the speakers, though. The Yoga 9 has a surprisingly good set of dual 3W speakers, but the Slim 7 Pro only gets 2W speakers. It might not seem like a big difference on paper, but in reality, the audio quality dropped drastically between the two laptops. Not that the Slim 7 Pro’s speakers are bad, they can be better.

In terms of hardware, the laptop packs the weaker i7 1260P with four performance and eight efficiency cores, so battery life shouldn’t be a problem considering the 61Wh battery. RAM is also slightly slower than the Yoga 9, coming in at 4800 MHz, although you get 16GB and LPDDR5. Graphics are once again taken care of by Iris Xe.

The Slim 7i Pro comes in at ₹1,06,990 and will be available for sale starting next week.

SpecificationsYoga Slim 7 Pro
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1260P
RAM16GB  LPDDR5 RAM
Dual-channel at 4800MHz
Storage512GB M.2 SSD PCIe Gen 4 2242
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe graphics
Display14-inch 2K (2880 x 1800) IPS panel (OLED Optional)
90Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
Battery61WHr
OSWindows 11 Home

Yoga 7

Lastly, we have the refreshed Yoga 7, updated with specs pretty much identical to the Yoga Slim 7 Pro. You get the same 12th gen core i7 1260P with four performance and eight efficiency cores alongside the 16GB LPDDR5 RAM running at 4800MHz. There’s a 512GB M.2 SSD for storage, and Intel’s Iris Xe accounts for graphics.

The Yoga 7 starts to differentiate itself from the Slim 7 Pro in I/O. The laptop has just about every port you’d need, including HDMI 2.0 (2.1 would’ve been better at this price), two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, a microSD card slot and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port. The battery on this device is also larger coming in at 71Wh.

Lenovo drops two new Yoga laptops, refreshes the Yoga 7
The Yoga 7 refresh adds more power and better build quality.

Overall impressions otherwise remain identical. Great build quality and display, although it is a bit different to the touch considering the different treatment given to the laptop’s finish. The keyboard on this also seems to be the most responsive of the three Yoga devices, although there’s a chance that this keyboard inconsistency is only part of the demo units we saw.

The Yoga 7 goes for ₹1,14,990 and will be available for sale starting next week.

SpecificationsYoga 7
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1260P
RAM16GB  LPDDR5 RAM
Dual-channel at 4800MHz
Storage512GB M.2 SSD PCIe Gen 4 2242
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe graphics
Display14-inch 4K (3840×2400) OLED Touchscreen
90Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB
DisplayHDR, HDR500
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.2
Battery71WHr
OSWindows 11 Home

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