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New Lenovo Legion naming convention promises to be easier to understand

Lenovo's new Legion naming convention is an improvement, but it could be better (Image source: @LenovoLegion)
Lenovo's new Legion naming convention is an improvement, but it could be better (Image source: @LenovoLegion)
Say goodbye to names like the Legion Y540, Y545, Y740, or even the L340 or T490. Lenovo wants to use fewer numbers to be more comprehensible and clear-cut to potential buyers who may not be familiar with Lenovo's older naming convention.
Allen Ngo,

Traditionally, Lenovo laptops have had at least three digits associated with their names. The ThinkPad T480, Legion Y740, and IdeaPad S340 are just a few examples. The latest gaming models from the manufacturer will move to a simpler one-digit or two-digit naming convention that aims to be understandable to everyone and not just enthusiasts.

According to Lenovo, the change was in response to feedback from retailers and customers. A window shopper, for example, will more easily understand the names Legion 5 or Legion 7 compared to the older Legion Y540 or Legion Y740. Should the model have both AMD and Intel options, then the laptop may end with an "i" to indicate an Intel CPU while the absence of the letter would indicate an AMD CPU. In previous generations, Lenovo laptops with AMD CPUs would sometimes end with a "5" such as the ThinkPad T495.

The recently announced 2020 IdeaPad and Legion gaming laptops will follow the new naming convention and directly replace the 2019 models as follows:

The IdeaPad Gaming 3, Legion 5, and Legion 7 will be low-end, mid-range, and high-end gaming laptops, respectively.

While the new names are easier on the eyes, at least one upcoming model will still be adhering to the older naming convention. The new Legion Y740Si will be the super-slim version of the Legion Y740 instead of the Legion 7. We suspect that Lenovo didn't want to call it the Legion 7s because the chassis design will be derived from the Y740 instead of the Legion 7, but it will still inherit the "i" to indicate an Intel processor nonetheless.

Other than that inconsistency, we're eager to see how Lenovo will plan to indicate 2nd or 3rd generation Legion models without adding another layer of complexity to the new names. The upcoming ThinkPad T14 and X13 that will replace the ThinkPad T490 and X390, respectively, suggest that the company will be slowly moving forward in this direction across its entire portfolio.

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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
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Allen Ngo, 2020-04-17 (Update: 2020-04-17)