Thursday September 29, 2022

The Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon weighs in at 2.13 pounds and has 12th Gen chips

A number of models from the Slim line, also known as Yoga Slim in certain markets, have been updated by Lenovo. The Slim 7i Carbon is a model that I find fascinating, which Lenovo has called “The Art of Mobility” in a press release. This package looks similar to the AMD-powered IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon (or Yoga Slim 7 Carbon in North America), which was announced last year as the lightest 14 inch laptop with an OLED screen. (It’s 2.37 pounds.) The panel has a 90Hz refresh rate and 600 nits brightness. This is a remarkable brightness for a consumer laptop, especially an OLED, which tends to be dimmer.
Intel has made a shift in priorities with the Intel-equipped Slim 7i Carbon. The 600-nit OLED screen is gone — the 7i has a still-fine-but-less-unique 2560 x 1600 IPS panel that can reach 400 nits, per Lenovo. Instead, this device is all about portability. The Slim 7 Carbon’s 14-inch screen was 2.37 pounds, while the 7i’s 13.3-inch screen is just 2.13 pounds. This means that it will be the lightest laptop you can purchase this season.
The keyboard can be used as an edge-to-edge keyboard, making the most of the small chassis. I was amazed at how light it was. It feels like you’re lifting nothing. You could have fooled me into thinking that it was a hollow chassis.
The Slim is made from “aerospace grade magnesium alloy reinforced with multilayer carbon fiber”, so it didn’t feel as fragile as some laptops this size and weight. I didn’t have to press too hard on the chassis to fit it in my hands, but I was able to type without pressing the keys. The device’s thickness of just over half an inches surprised me. I was also surprised at how comfortable the touchpad and keys felt. Both were comfortable and spacious to use. These are difficult to comment on without more detailed testing, but I didn’t see any red flags while I played around.
This new release follows a trend that we have seen in small consumer laptops over the past few years: Thin is In. The ThinkPad X1 Nano last year, weighing in at just 1.99 pounds, was the lightest laptop Lenovo had ever made and one of the most lightweight 13-inchers ever. The ThinkPad Z Series, which is expected to be out soon, is a completely new segment of the ThinkPad range. It is also focused on thin and light build and has made compromises in areas that other ThinkPads don’t.
The 7i Carbon is available in three color options: “Moon White”, Cloud Grey, and “Storm Grey”. The device’s 12th Gen Core processors are included inside, including the Core i5-1240P as well as the Core i7-1260P. I recently reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, which had the latter and it showed very good performance and long battery life. You can configure RAM up to 32GB and 1TB of storage.
It is an OLED screen, but it looked great. Because of how crisp the screen looked, I asked the Lenovo team whether I was actually looking at a real screen or a photograph when I first saw it from afar.
The Slim 7i Carbon will go on sale in June for $1,299.
This is the Slim 7 Pro X. Other interesting Lenovo releases include the Yoga Slim 7i Pro X, and the Yoga Slim 7 Pro X. These devices are heavier than the Carbon but still manageable at 3.5 pounds. And, even more impressive, they can fit a discrete RTX3050 GPU inside. This combination is not uncommon in gaming laptops. Models like Acer’s Predator Triton 300SE and Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 have better GPUs, but aren’t too heavy — but it’s a rare amount of power in a small consumer-facing device.
I had a quick play with it, and was surprised at how heavy it was. It felt very portable. I would rather have my laptop in my backpack than a Triton, as I carry it around quite a lot. It has a more office-like look than other GPU-equipped options at this size.
The Slim 9i will have an OLED screen with either 2.8K and 4K resolutions. This model is more business-oriented and comes equipped with AI-powered security features, including hardware-level encryption that is designed to protect the device against ransomware attacks. The AI can adjust fan speed and performance settings automatically, but this can sometimes be annoying rather than helpful. Bowers & Wilkins is responsible for the sound quality of the device’s audio, which is the same company that tuned the outstanding audio on Yoga 9i.
The Slim 9i will be $1,799, while Slim 7i Pro X, Slim 7 Pro X, and Slim 7 Pro X will cost $1,699 and $1.499 respectively. All three will be available in June.
Photography by Monica Chin/The Verge

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