Lenovo Legion series will branch off into two distinct designs with the Y7000 and Y530
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We all knew that Lenovo would be refreshing its popular mainstream 15.6-inch Legion Y520 gaming laptop for 2018. What we didn't know, however, was that Lenovo would be refreshing its Legion Y520 with not one but two parallel and distinct successors. Both the new 15.6-inch Legion Y530/Y730 and Legion Y7000 will directly replace the outgoing Y520/Y720 when they launch next month. More information on the Legion Y530 and Y730 can be found on our preview page here.
So, why have two direct successors instead of one? The older design philosophy for the Y520 had a gaudy and bright red impression that cemented the Legion name as an uninhibited series for gamers. According to Lenovo, however, its appearance may have been *too* gaudy which they believe could have turned off non-gamers. To address this, the manufacturer has created two 15.6-inch model designs to succeed the Y520: The minimalist and more business-like Y530/Y730 and the sharper and more gamer-centric Y7000. Gamers who want to bring a Legion to executive meetings may prefer the Y530/Y730 while classic gaming purists may prefer the brasher look of the Y7000.
Beyond their visual differences, however, both the 15.6-inch Y530/Y730 and Y7000 will have almost identical display options, connectivity ports, CPU and GPU options, and battery sizes. There will be small differences in weight and thickness, but their internals will be very nearly the same with each system even utilizing inter-changeable 135 W AC adapters. By offering these two discrete styles wrapped around similarly powerful internals, Lenovo is hoping to better cater to a wider audience. It's an understandable approach considering that Gigabyte and MSI each offer business-centric laptops equipped with powerful gaming internals as well.
The Legion Y7000 will launch in August for $960 USD or a full month before the Legion Y730. Lenovo says it will be exclusive to retailers like Walmart and Costco in the U.S. but with general availability overseas. Unlike the Y730 which will be available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch sizes, there will only be 15.6-inch SKUs of the Legion Y7000 for now.
|Lenovo Legion Y530||Lenovo Legion Y7000|
|CPU||Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H||Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060||GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060|
|Display||15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 250/300 nit, 60/144 Hz||15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 300 nit, 60/144 Hz|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz||Up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz|
|Storage||2.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support||2.5-inch SATA III|
|Connectivity||3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio||3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio|
|Chassis||Textured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlight||Textured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlight|
|Battery||3-cell 52.6 W, 135 W AC adapter||3-cell 52.5 W, 135 W AC adapter|
|Weight, Thickness||2.3 kg, 24.2 mm||2.3 kg, 25.7 mm|
|Starting Price||$930 USD||$960 USD|