Lenovo’s new Yoga laptops are an AI flex

Lenovo Yoga laptops at Innovate 2024
Pictured: Lenovo Yoga laptops
// Lenovo gets generative.
Fergus Halliday
Mar 28, 2024
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Lenovo is looking to lean into the hype around generative AI.

Shown off at the company's Innovate 2024 event in Thailand this week, the new Yoga laptop lineup comes with nicer displays, Intel's latest Core Ultra processors and Lenovo's Creator Zone AI app.

According to Lenovo's Asia Pacific consumer business lead Leon Yu, the emphasis on generative AI features across the range is a response to growing interest by consumers.

“Consumers and our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and our latest generation of consumer PCs is testament to this ethos," he said.
Lenovo Yoga Creator Zone

"We are bringing forth AI-powered innovative devices to empower users in a time where the uptake of AI-enabled technology is on the rise," Yu added.

To that end, all of Lenovo's new Yoga machines come kitted out with its Creator Zone software. This app gives consumers another way to utilise the NPU inside the new Yoga laptops by turning text or sketches into visuals.

Creator Zone also promises to allow you to quickly and easily train your personalised model without uploading any data to the cloud.

It's easy to imagine how this software could evolve and Lenovo has said that it's looking to do exactly that, with additional features set to be rolled out over the second half of 2024.

Asked whether the company was looking into safeguards against the potential misuse of this feature by bad actors, a Lenovo representative said yes but failed to provide further detail.

While the intricacies of the new Legion gaming lineup is hard to parse at a glance, the same can't be said for the latest lot of Yoga laptops.

Prefer better performance? The Yoga Pro 9i and Yoga Pro 7i are the obvious choice. 

Built around a 16-inch PureSight Pro display with 3.2K resolution and up to a 165Hz refresh rate, the Yoga Pro 9i can be kitted out with an Intel's Core Ultra 7 or Core Ultra 9 processor. Under the hood, the laptop can be loaded up with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. The Yoga Pro 7i ticks many of the same boxes. However, it features a smaller 14.5-inch PureSight display that's available as an LCD or an OLED.

PureSight explained

While this moniker is mostly just marketing, there are a few criteria that Lenovo uses to separate PureSight-graded screens from the rest of the crowd.

  • Standard PureSight displays have more than 220 pixels per inch, a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate and 1 millisecond response time.
  • PureSight Pro displays feature greater than 224 pixels per inch, up to a 165Hz refresh rate, 100% P3 and sRGB colour plus both an EyeSafe and Dolby Vision certification.
  • PureSight OLED displays are almost identical to PureSight Pro models, except that they benchmark at a lower 120Hz refresh rate and come with a VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 certification.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

Looking for something a little more lightweight? It doesn't have a discrete GPU, but the refreshed Yoga Slim 7i will serve you well. This laptop features a 14-inch WUXGA OLED display, an Intel Core Ultra 5 or Core Ultra 7 processor, up to 1TB of storage and up to 32GB of RAM.

Favour flexibility over portability? The Yoga 7i 2-in-1 and Yoga 9i 2-in-1 are safe bets.

While the Yoga 9i 2-in-1 is available with up to 4K resolution, both devices feature PureSight OLED displays, a 360-degree hinge, Intel Core Ultra processors, an integrated Intel Arc GPU, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

One of the key differences here is that the Yoga 7i 2-in-1 comes with the Lenovo Digital Pen 2. The Yoga 9i 2-in-1 is armed with a sleeker Yoga Slim Pen that can be magnetically attached to the cover of the machine instead.

Last but not least, there's the latest version of the Yoga Book 9i. Introduced last year, the top-of-the-line portable features a matching set of 13.3-inch PureSight OLED screens, an Intel Core Ultra processor, a 360-degree hinge, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage and a rotating sound bar tuned by Bowers & Wilkins. 

Full Australian pricing and availability for Lenovo's refreshed Yoga laptops are to be confirmed.

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Disclosure: the author of this piece traveled to Thailand as a guest of Lenovo.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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