Lenovo Legion 7i and Legion 7 Gen 7 based on Intel Alder Lake-HX and Ryzen 6000HX bring a series of firsts to the 16-inch form factor
Apropos to Intel's Alder Lake-HX launch, Lenovo has hopped-on to the desktop-class BGA processor bandwagon with the Legion 7i. As has been the norm, there's also an AMD-powered Legion 7. Both are 16-inch gaming laptops and claim to bring a lot of firsts to the table in this screen size.
Lenovo claims a lot of firsts for the Legion 7 and Legion 7i including:
- most powerful 16-inch gaming laptops
- first 16-inch WQXGA (2,560x1,600) gaming laptops
- the company's thinnest and lightest QHD gaming laptops
- largest battery capacity in a 16-inch laptop
- first 16-inch gaming laptops to sport FHD webcams
Lenovo Legion 7i
The Legion 7i, as the name indicates, offers Alder Lake-HX options including the Core i7-12800HX and Core i9-12900HX. Lenovo is offering GPU options of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU or RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU both with Max-Q features. Consequently, the 16-inch WQXGA panel options are Nvidia G-Sync-enabled as well.
Lenovo offers 300 W and 135 W (via USB-C) charging support for the Legion 7i. Also available on the Intel variant are 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports and Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i, AX1650, and Intel Wi-Fi 6E options.
Lenovo Legion 7
The AMD variant is branded as the Legion 7 and comes with Ryzen 7 6800H and Ryzen 9 6900HX APU options. The Legion 7 does not offer Nvidia GPUs but comes with a choice of the Raden RX 6700M or the RX 6850M XT making it an AMD Advantage Edition laptop. The 16-inch WQXGA display options are identical to the Legion 7i but support AMD FreeSync Premium instead of Nvidia G-Sync.
The Legion 7 also offers a 230 W power adapter apart from the 300 W and 135 W chargers. Also, instead of Thunderbolt 4, the Legion 7 offers 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C ports. Lenovo also additionally mentions a USB4 Type-C port, but we don't see that in the renders at least. Wi-Fi 6E is available, but this is a non-Intel solution.
Keeping both the Intel and AMD CPU behemoths cool is Lenovo's Legion ColdFront 4.0 cooling aided by Legion AI Engine 2.0. Both the Legion 7 and Legion 7i offer DDR5-4800 memory support up to 32 GB. However, the Intel variant's DDR5 memory can be overclocked to 5600 MHz. The laptops offer an FHD camera, four WASD switchable keycaps and a 99.99 Whr battery.
The Lenovo Legion 7i with Intel Alder Lake-HX will be available from May 2022 starting from US$2,449. The Lenovo Legion 7 with AMD Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt-H and HX AMD Advantage Edition will be available from June 2022 starting from US$2,059.