Legion 7/7i and Slim 7/7i 2022 – Finally something!

At last, almost halfway through, let’s be honest, a really lacklustre year so far in terms of laptop releases with the only talking point being Intel 12th Gen power, Now that Lenovo has unveiled it’s red team AMD flagship laptop for 2022 – the Legion 7. It seems to be quite something.

The first big point that we can confirm is that the flagship Legion 7/7i will only have two versions: an Advantage type configuration, with AMD CPU and AMD GPU, or Intel CPU with Nvidia GPU. Lenovo intends to get the most out of the new 2022 hardware and showcased it’s full potential today.

Lenovo Legion 7: Schnellster Gaming-Laptop setzt auf 16-Kerner i9-12900HX,  RTX 3080 Ti (175 W) & 1250 Nits Mini-LED - Notebookcheck.com News

In terms of CPU and GPU, we have what we would expect in terms of options available for configuration, except for the lack of a Radeon 6800M GPU option on the AMD side. Still, the maximum configuration of the Ryzen 9 6900HX and Radeon RX 6850M XT looks like a very powerful and capable system. Outside of pure hardware power, let us look at the display options. Both screens are essentially the same, with the only notable difference being the capability of one of the screens of having VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) between 165 Hz and 240 Hz. The laptop will also take full advantage of the many AMD software perks, such as SAM, SmartShift and Freesync.

Spec sheet of the new Advantage Legion

On the Intel side, Lenovo will fit the new H55 chips that the company showcased recently. Maximum configuration will be i9-12900HX, 16 core 24 thread CPU (we will make an article on these eyewatering chips whose Cinebench runs have been leaked to be on the grounds of 23k points!!!! soon) along with the new RTX 3080Ti GPUs from Nvidia. The rest of the specs don’t differ much except on some of the I/O mentioned later in this article and the Wifi card. In the display department, Intel models tend to get the QHD miniLED version rated at 1250nits with FALD display rated at 100% DCI-P3 as well as 100% adobeRGB.

The laptop, structurally, seems really similar to the previous year’s iterations.

We can note that the main difference is the hinges, which are now located in the corners of the panel, instead of being slightly inwards.

Legion 7i

Looking now at ports, on the sides, we have 3 (3!) USB-C ports, 2 on the left (on the Intel model, both are Thunderbolt 4 ports) and 1 at the right side, the camera switch and the audio combo jack. On the rear, as usual, we have most of the more “beefy” ports: Ethernet jack, another USB-C port that should accept power delivery like last year’s iteration, HDMI 2.1 port, 2 USB-A ports and the power port. Also to be noted the appearance of a 99.9 Whr battery.

The new Legion 7 seems like a really powerful option for gamers and creator alike. When it comes to prices, Normally AMD options tend to be cheaper than Intel + Nvidia options. However, the competition from the latter configuration needs to be fierce, Since the H45 chips were already a huge leap in performance, the new H55 parts look to take things even further on raw performance. We ought to wait and see a little bit longer (as the wait hasn’t been long enough). The initial performance numbers have been very pleasing, as the usual price difference between AMD based and Intel based systems might be justified and even highly recommended if the H55 chips completely sweep the floor of the best Ryzen CPUs.

On the same tech gossip, we also have gathered information about the new Legion Slim 7 and 7i.

Lenovo reveals all-AMD Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops with Ryzen 6000H  processors, Radeon RX 6000S dGPUs and 16-inch Mini-LED IPS screen option -  NotebookCheck.net News
Slim 7

The slimmer Legions targeted mainly at creators also get the new bells and whistles of new 2022 hardware, but also some very welcomed changes. The main one is, at last, the introduction of the 16:10 Aspect Ratio screen on this laptop. It had always been a mystery to me as to why the beefier gaming cousins get the fantastic 16:10 tall screen but the one more targeted for productivity didn’t. Alas, this “flaw” was corrected. But here, we also have some controversy, as the Slim 7i gets the option of a QHD MiniLED screen, rated at 1250 nits and 100% DCI-P3 as well as 100% adobeRGB, while the Slim 7 is maxed out with a rather inferior QHD IPS panel rated at 500 nits with 100% sRGB. I would dare to say that something doesn’t add up here as to why Lenovo left the AMD option without such an attractive proposal, especially when we consider that AMD laptops tend to be less expensive. Creators that desire the level of precision and brightness MiniLED brings to the table are stuck with Intel. Not that it is a “bad” thing, just rather peculiar. Both have a FHD 350 nits 1920×1200 panel option for entry level configurations. Both the models do get the VRR display that achieves 165-240hz along with FreeSync Premium/ Gsync Support

Anyways, moving to hardware specs, the new Slim 7 and 7i come configured with the latest CPUs from AMD and Intel, going up to Ryzen 9 6900HX and i9-12900HK respectively. In the GPU side, Lenovo implemented the less power hungry S series Radeon GPU (up to 6800S) to pair with the AMD CPUs and up to the RTX 3070 on the Intel side, being notable the lack of new Ti options from 2022 on the spec list.

To be noted also is the upgrade to PCIe Gen4 storage on AMD models and the introduction of DDR5 compatibility, maintaining half of the memory soldered to the motherboard of the laptop. It’s also possible to choose from a 77 Whr battery to a 99.9 Whr battery.

Aesthetically, the Legion Slim line-up hasn’t changed much, like the Legion 7. Some digital images of this new laptop would provide light on the above fact.

Lenovo Legion 7 gaming laptops pack AMD, Intel, and Nvidia's finest  hardware - Procommun

In terms of ports, the Slim line has basically the same I/O as the Legion 7, only lacking the ethernet jack and 1 USB-C port. However, it gains the much appreciated and most requested feature among creators, a SD card reader.

Concluding this very spicy article, one can be left to wonder how these machines will position themselves in the market. Intel chips are absolutely fantastic, but pricing in a lot of places is really expensive, and the Legion 7 and 7 Slim should follow that trend. The main aspect in the topic of AMD vs Intel will be its price point. Ryzen will most likely lose this battle to Intel, but if Lenovo prices AMD machines correctly, we can have a real battle between price to performance and ultimate performance. Me (smirks), sitting with my 2021 AMD 5 Pro in front of me will watch this battle with popcorn in front of me, between Lenovo and also every other brands. Let’s hope this seismic launch will shake the almost dead 2022 laptop market.

As for the pricing, only pricing of the US market has been revealed now. But expect other markets to be similarly priced

  • The Legion 7i (16”, 7) with Intel Core processor – from $2,449 – May 2022
  • The Legion 7 (16”, 7), AMD Advantage Edition with AMD Ryzen processor – from $2,059 – June 2022
  • The Legion Slim 7i (16”, 7) with Intel Core processor – from $1,589 – May 2022
  • The Legion Slim 7 (16”, 7), AMD Advantage Edition with AMD Ryzen processor – from $1,519 – June 2022

Accurate specifications and other detailed data can be viewed here:

2022 Lenovo Legion Slim 7 and Legion Slim 7i updates (ultrabookreview.com)

2022 Lenovo Legion 7 and Legion 7i updates – AMD Ryzen 6000, Intel H55 Alder Lake & more (ultrabookreview.com)

Lenovo launches Legion 7 gaming laptop with up to Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and Radeon RX 6850XT graphics – VideoCardz.com