Lenovo unveils the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, a Tiger Lake alternative to the Yoga Slim 7 Pro with better battery life and an optional NVIDIA GPU
The Yoga 6 and Yoga Slim 7 Pro may have stolen the headlines with their array of AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, but Lenovo also unveiled some interesting Tiger Lake-based hardware this week. The company did not describe the processors in such terms, but "next-gen Intel Core processors" can only mean one thing at this point. These Tiger Lake processors will also integrate Intel's Gen12 GPUs, better known as Xe iGPUs. These are thought to be closer to the performance that the GPUs of the Ryzen 4000 series, which would be a big improvement over the Iris Plus Graphics that Intel currently integrates within its Ice Lake processors.
The highlight of the Tiger Lake-based Yoga 7 series will be the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, pictured above. The machine shares its chassis with the Yoga Slim 7 Pro, but Lenovo expects its 61 Wh battery to last up to an hour longer than the AMD model. The Yoga Slim 7i Pro also has the advantage of Thunderbolt support, which the AMD edition lacks. Specifically, the Yoga Slim 7i Pro has two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
The Yoga Slim 7i Pro can also be equipped with "the latest NVIDIA GeForce MX GPUs". Lenovo has confirmed that this will be a 25 W GPU, but it has not confirmed what model to which it is referring. We suspect that this is the GeForce MX450 though, or at least a GPU from that generation of MX GPUs. It will be intriguing to compare the performance of the Xe iGPU with an entry-level NVIDIA GPU, as Ryzen 4000 iGPUs have proven a good alternative to the likes of the GeForce MX350. The Yoga Slim 7i Pro will be available in November from €899, including VAT.