Lenovo to soon introduce AMD Ryzen 4000 Legion gaming laptops
The number of OEMs embracing AMD’s mobility CPUs is growing steadily now that the Renoir APUs are expected to hit the market in a few weeks, and it looks like Lenovo could also join the pack with a few Legion gaming laptops powered by the Ryzen 4000 APUs. This information was recently leaked on the Weibo forums via quite a few promotional pictures that reveal some of the features and differences compared to the existing Intel-powered Legion models.
The unannounced models are allegedly named Legion R7000 / R7000P and will be powered by Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800H SKU. Apparently, there will be three designs to choose from including one with edge RGB lighting and another with the Y-shaped logo on the lid. There is word that the new systems could include the exclusive Advanced Optimus battery saver mode, so the laptops might not be all-AMD, since this is an Nvidia dGPU feature. Moreover, the RAM options now include DDR4-3200, which is a welcome upgrade from the existing DDR4-2933 limit on the Intel models.
Other notable features include improved cooling, redesigned rubber feet, new case material that does not attract fingerprints that much, Fn+Q performance modes with tri-color indicator, two M.2 NVMe slots instead of 1, smaller 230 W charger and an optional 80Wh+ battery, plus an improved keyboard layout.
Now, there are some downsides as well. First of all, Lenovo will be offering those awful 120 Hz displays with 45% NTSC color reproduction and higher response times together with the 60 Hz 72% NTSC and the 144 Hz 72% NTSC variants with low response times, so you will need to keep your eyes peeled on the specs not to get the bad ones. Then, the systems are rumored to be 200 g heavier and 1 mm thicker than the Intel Legion laptops, plus the microDisplayPort is replaced by one USB-A port, and some variants will have no webcam.
No word on pricing, for now, but Lenovo is expected to officially announce these variants in the coming weeks.