When it comes to gaming laptops, speed and performance is the name of the game. As new and upgraded iterations get better, faster, and stronger, there’s an increasing need to adopt the more premium, if not the best, technology and hardware in the scene. Going into Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, Lenovo has unveiled four new models in its Legion line-up that seek to deliver in the areas that matter most.
The Legion 7, Legion Slim 7, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 5 will be available from February 2021 with top-end features to push the boundaries of laptop gaming. These include the latest AMD and NVIDIA processors, higher-resolution displays, AI-driven frame rates, and improved thermal management.
Kicking off the showcase are the Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro, both of which have claimed the honour of being the world’s first 16-inch 16:10 QHD gaming laptops. Offering a 2,560 x 1,600 IPS display, 16:10 aspect ratio, speedy 165Hz refresh rates, and a three-millisecond response time with NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSnyc support, the two devices are slated to bring 11 per cent more screen estate compared to the conventional 15.6-inch pick. Where the Legion 7 ships with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU option, the latter is powered by the Ryzen 9 5800H and RTX 3070 combination.
The Legion 5, meanwhile, comes in either a 15- or 17-inch cut. Accompanied by a 165Hz and 144Hz IPS display respectively, it runs on the Ryzen 9 5800H and RTX 3070, and is available in two colour alternatives: Phantom Blue and Stingray White.
In another first for the series, the Legion Slim 7 is the world’s lightest 15-inch gaming laptop with RTX support. Weighing under 1.9kg, the device balances portability with power, and comes decked out in a Ryzen 9 5900H and RTX3060 build, alongside a 144Hz refresh rate at 1080p, or 60Hz at 4K resolution.
Users can look forward to the addition of other key features for all four laptops as well. The company’s Legion AI Engine function, for instance, enables CPU overclock through a blend of hardware, software, and machine learning to achieve the maximum FPS count across different games. Thermal management gets an upgrade in the form of turbo-charged dual-fans, quad-channel exhausts with vapour chamber technology for selected models, and intelligent sensors, while the series’ Nahimic Audio-optimised Harman speakers offer 360-degree audio and background noise suppression. Every Legion laptop will also come with a complimentary one-month trial for the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass.
Pricing details for each model have yet to be announced. As part of its CES 2021 line-up, Lenovo has earlier announced other product drops, such as the convertible mobile-PC hybrid LAVIE and the IdeaPad’s first 16:10 display.
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