The new Lenovo Yoga 7i and Yoga 9i are better than ever for movies and work

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Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen7 PressSource: Lenovo

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the new Yoga 7i (14″ and 16″) and the new Yoga 9i (14″) at CES 2022.
  • The 14-inch Yoga 7i (Gen 7) is geared toward entertainment, while the 16-inch Yoga 7i (Gen 7) with discrete graphics is better for productivity.
  • The Yoga 9i (Gen 7) is a premium 14-inch convertible with rotating hinge soundbar and snappy performance.
  • All laptops are expected Q2 2022 with the Yoga 7i starting at $899 and the Yoga 9i starting at $1,399.

The convertible Yoga 7i — both 14- and 16-inch sizes — is getting refreshed, Lenovo announced at CES 2022. These premium convertible PCs, regularly included in our collection of the best Lenovo laptops, are now in their seventh generation.

The smaller Yoga 7i comes at you with up to a 2.8K OLED touch display with 100% DCI-P3 color and Dolby Vision for better viewing in supported content. There’s no rotating soundbar hinge like on the Yoga 9i, but the quad top-firing speakers do come with Dolby Atmos support for more immersive audio.

The 16-inch Yoga 7i — which seems to be taking over for the older 15-inch model — is equipped with a 2560×1600 (QHD+) touch display with 16:10 aspect ratio, including 100% sRGB color, 400 nits brightness, and TÜV low blue light. Dolby Vision is included, as is Dolby Atmos for the laptop’s quad top-firing speakers. Displays are compatible with active pens, though they are an optional add-on. Above the display is an FHD and IR hybrid webcam for clear video conferencing and facial recognition abilities. A webcam shutter adds privacy when not in use.

Both the 14- and 16-inch Yoga 7i models are available with Intel’s new 12th Gen Core P-series mobile CPUs and Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. However, the larger Yoga 7i also has the option for 12th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile CPUs and Intel’s Arc A discrete GPU for better performance. Models with integrated graphics will run on a 71Wh battery, while those with discrete graphics get a significant bump up to a 100Wh battery. Up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD round things out. These laptops hit the right specs for Intel Evo, now in its third edition.

Category Yoga 9i Yoga 7i
OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Processor 12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i7-1260P
12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i7-1260P
Core i5-12500H
Core i7-12700H
RAM 8GB, 16GB LPDDR5 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Integrated
Intel Iris Xe
Intel Arc A (discrete)
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display 14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920×1200 (WUXGA)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, 60Hz, touch
2880×1800 (WQHD+)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 60Hz, touch
3840×2400 (WQUXGA)
OLED, HDR 500
Dolby Vision
IPS, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, 60Hz, Touch
16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2560×1600 (2.5K)
IPS, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, 60Hz, Low blue light, Dolby Vision
14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2.8K OLED
100% DCI-P3, Dolby Vision
Pen Precision Pen 2
E-Color pen
Included
Tilt detection
Precision Pen 2
E-Color pen
Optional
Ports Two Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2
3.5mm audio
SD card reader
Two Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2
HDMI 2.0
SD card reader
3.5mm audio
Audio Bowers & Wilkins soundbar
Quad speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dual microphones
Dual 2W tweeters
Dual 3W woofers
Dolby Atmos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Camera FHD with IR hybrid FHD with IR hybrid
Privacy shutter
Keyboard Smart Sense backlight Backlit
Touchpad Precision Precision
Security Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Fingerprint reader (optional)
IR camera
Battery 75Wh 71Wh
100Wh
Dimensions 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 – 0.65
(318mm x 230mm x 16.5mm)
16-inch:
14.23 x 9.83 x 0.76
(361.51mm x 249.65mm x 19.2mm)
Weight From 3.26 pounds (1.48kg) 16-inch:
From 4.63 pounds (2.1kg)
Color Storm Grey
Oatmeal
Storm Grey
Stone Blue (14″)
Arctic Grey (16″)
Availability Q2 2022 Q2 2022
Price From $1,399 From $899 (16″)
From $949 (14″)
Moving on to Lenovo’s 14-inch flagship Yoga 9i, it now has rounded edges for its all-aluminum chassis, making it more comfortable to hold onto (especially in tablet mode). Storm Grey and Oatmeal colors are available. The rotating soundbar hinge, one of the laptop’s best features, now has quad Bowers & Wilkins speakers (two woofers, two tweeters) for louder and more robust audio. Dolby Atmos adds to the immersion.

The laptop’s entertainment factor only gets better from there, with up to 3840×2400 (UHD+) OLED touch display with 100% DCI-P3 color, 16:10 aspect ratio, and 400 nits brightness. VESA DisplayHDR 500, Dolby Vision, and TÜV low blue light certification make this a truly enjoyable viewing experience. An active pen is included for inking. Above the display is an FHD and IR webcam hybrid for facial recognition and clear video.

Performance is stellar here thanks to 12th Gen Intel Core P-series CPUs, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, and Intel Evo third-edition certification. Up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD storage round things out nicely for anyone who wants to crush productivity during the day. The touchpad has been blown up with an extra 45% space for pointing, and the edge-to-edge keyboard now includes 1-Click Function keys that add extra shortcuts. You can quickly swap performance modes, enable background blur, swap system color modes, and employ a “Vibe Check” that smartly changes audio modes for easier listening.

Despite how thin the Yoga 9i is, it holds onto a decent offering of ports. Dual Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A 3.2, and a 3.5mm audio jack are included. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 round out wireless connectivity.

The Yoga 9i is expected Q2 2022 and should start at about $1.399. The 14-inch Yoga 7i is expected Q2 2022 and should start at about $949, while the 16-inch Yoga 7i is coming Q2 2022 with a starting price of about $899.

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