New Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i Laptop Features 165Hz Mini-LED Display
Lenovo’s Yoga range may have helped popularize 2-in-1s, but the range includes other types of laptops these days.
In fact, none of the six new Windows 11 devices in the Yoga lineup can turn into a tablet. It may sound bad, but it’s just not necessary on Yoga Pro laptops aimed at creative people.
They are led by the Pro 9i, the most powerful Yoga laptop Lenovo has ever made. Available in 14.5″ or 16″ models, they are equipped with 13th2nd generation Intel Core processors (i5-13505H, i7-13705H or i9-13905H) and 16GB to 64GB DDR5 RAM.
But discrete GPUs are perhaps more interesting. While the cheapest 14.5-inch version uses integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, all other configurations feature Nvidia RTX 40 Series graphics – 4050, 4060, or 4070. Unsurprisingly, Lenovo says it’s suitable for demanding tasks like 3D modeling and graphic design.
However, these are the specs you’ll find on several high-end laptops. What you don’t often see are Mini-LED displays, which usually strike a good balance between contrast and brightness. Lenovo claims a maximum of 1200 nits here, which is about four times brighter than some budget laptops.
Color accuracy should also be top notch, with full coverage of the advertised DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB gamuts. Along with a 165Hz refresh rate on most models, it looks set to be one of the best laptop displays around.
Lenovo also cares about the environment: half of the aluminum in the back cover and the plastic in the keyboard are made from recycled materials. The keyboard keys have 1.5mm travel and a large trackpad with a separate number pad, the only addition to the 16-inch version.
Other key features include a 5MP electronic shutter webcam, four microphones and a 75Wh battery. You also get plenty of ports: 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A, HDMI, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-sized SD card reader.
But with starting prices of $1,699.99 (roughly £1,380) for the 14.5-inch and $1,799.99 (roughly £1,460) for the 16-inch respectively, you’ll need deep pockets once they arrive in North America in May. . A release date elsewhere has yet to be confirmed.
Yoga range 7
If your budget doesn’t allow it that far, Lenovo has plenty of more affordable options. There are no less than seven models under the Yoga 7 brand, and it’s worth taking a quick look at what each brings to the table.
First up is the €1,099 Yoga Pro 7i (around $1,185/£960), although it will only be available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from June. You’re limited to the Intel Core i5-13500H or i7-13700H here, and the integrated graphics in the entry-level models are replaced by the RTX 3050 or even the RTX 4050 in the more expensive variants.
It’s only available with a 14.5-inch IPS display, but you can choose between 2560×1600 at 90Hz or 3072×1920 at 120Hz. You drop down to a 73Wh battery, but support for fast charging means just 15 minutes of plugging in should give you up to three hours of use.
The $1,449.99 (about £1,180) Yoga Pro 7 is largely identical to the 7i, with one key exception. It’s moving to AMD processors with a choice of four high-end chips from the latest Ryzen 7000 HS series. As a result, cheaper models use integrated Radeon graphics, but you can still upgrade to the RTX 3050 or 4050. It will be available in North America from July.
For the same price in Europe, you can pick up the Yoga Slim 7 (from €1,499, approx $1,615 / £1,315) in June. As the name suggests, it is relatively thin and light for a 14.5-inch laptop (OLED, 90Hz): 13.9mm and 1.35kg respectively. You also get AMD Ryzen processors here (Lenovo didn’t specify which), but Radeon integrated graphics are your only option.
Then there’s the regular Yoga 7i and Yoga 7, both of which are available in 14- or 16-inch sizes. Prices here start at $749.99 (about £610), so it’s a lot more affordable. Release dates vary between April and May, while the latest you can get your hands on is the Yoga Slim 6 – it starts at €899 (roughly $970/£790).
It can be hard to keep track of the wide variety of Yoga devices that Lenovo releases each year, but the company caters to a variety of budgets with its latest lineup.