Lenovo Legion Y9000X: A 15.6-inch thin and light beast that you probably will not be able to buy
Lenovo has been showcasing a new Y9000 series laptop at ChinaJoy 2019, the China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference in Shanghai, with some people able to capture a few shots of the device. Earlier this year we reported on Lenovo launching the Legion Y9000K, with the gaming laptop seeing only a China release. Now, the Chinese company is prepping a Legion Y9000X, which may also be limited to just the Chinese market.
The Legion Y9000X is not a successor to the Legion Y9000K as its name would suggest. While they share a similar aesthetic, the Y9000X is apparently a third thinner than the Y9000K and has a 15.6-inch display rather than the 17.3-inch one that the Y9000K has. Moreover, several outlets are reporting that the display in the Y9000X is not only 4K but also that it will cover 100% of the AdobeRGB colour space, a mean feat by modern laptop standards.
The device will come with up to an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor too along with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD. Lenovo will solder the RAM to the motherboard though, of which we are not fans. While there is nothing inherently wrong with soldering a component, doing so makes it a point of failure that would render a device inoperable if it were to break.
The Y9000X will have a headphone jack, a full-sized SD card reader, two USB Type-C ports and two Type-A ports too, with the latter being at the back of the machine. As the photos below demonstrate, Lenovo has also included a dedicated number-pad, along with what looks like ThinkPad-style keys.
The photo that caught our attention though was of the inside of the device. The photo, which we have included below, shows the Y9000X with four small fans, a rarity among modern laptops. Theoretically, this should provide quieter and more efficient cooling than a two-fan solution, but four fans within a 15.6-inch chassis impressed us, nonetheless.
Expect the Legion Y9000X to cost 10,999 CNY (~US$1,565), although keep in mind that it apparently lacks a dedicated GPU. You may also need to import it from third-party retailers if it only sees a Chinese release, which can become tricky if you need to return it for a warranty repair. There is currently no word on a release date, although Lenovo refers to the device as the Legion Y9000X 2020, so it may not see the light of day before the end of the year.
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