Chinese computing manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled three new consumer PCs, including what the company claims is the world’s lightest 14-inch OLED laptop, weighing just 1.1kg. The announcements were made at the company’s Tech World 2021 online conference, which took place on 8 September.
Described as “computing for the new normal” by Lenovo, the new machines, which will run on the brand-new Microsoft Windows 11, are designed to be “faster, more mobile, more portable and more powerful than the competition”, in order to meet consumers’ changing expectations.
“Consumers gaming or collaborating virtually from home stand to benefit most from the latest Windows 11 PCs with next-gen hardware and software inside”, a press release from Lenovo said.
The laptop said to be the world’s lightest is the 14-inch OLED laptop model – the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon. The new 16-inch ultra-slim Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro is the big brother, aimed at creatives. Both laptops will be among the first to include the powerful next-gen Windows 11 operating system (OS).
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon
The 14-inch model boasts a sharp OLED display. It is available in cloud grey and made from ultra-portable carbon fibre and magnesium alloy for extraordinary lightness and strength. It measures 14.9mm at its thinnest point and weighs just 1.1kg, placing it in its own category of lightest overall laptops in the industry, i.e. devices weighing at or just above 1kg, the company said.
The laptop has an integrated Dolby Atmos speaker system for an immersive sound experience, while the drilled holes of two of the four front-facing speakers also help serve as thermal air intake zones for the laptop’s integrated turbo fan.
With an OLED panel by Samsung Display that’s optimised on four sides by narrow bezels, it mounts a 14-inch QHD+ display designed for ultra-vivid picture quality with Dolby Vision, and a VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification for enhanced video quality reproduction in a 16:10 display format for less scrolling and factory calibrated to Delta E <2 for accurate performance at 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut vibrancy.
It also features Lenovo Q-Control (simply use Fn+Q), which allows users to choose the ideal fan setting to maximize system performance and extend battery life.
- 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Series Mobile Processors
- AMD Radeon Graphics
- NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics for supercharged content creation
- RAM with up to 16GB LPDDR4x of memory
- 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD of internal storage
- 61WHrs battery with dual charger
Yoga Slim 7 Pro
Sporting a large 16-inch QHD In-Plane Switching (IPS) touch screen, 16:10 layout for multi-tasking and up to a max brightness of 500 nits via the up to 120Hz refresh rate configuration, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro also comes with Dolby Vision.
Its touchpad is 11% bigger than the previous generation for increased comfort, and even responds to gestures, Lenovo said.
It features Dolby Atmos, all packed into a compact chassis that’s 17.4mm at its thinnest point with a starting weight of 2.1kg (4.6 lbs) and is available in Cloud Grey or Storm Grey.
Finally, the integrated noise cancelling mic is designed to reduce ambient sound around the user for fewer distractions on video calls. Also featured is an integrated IR camera, and hands-free Alexa to help you stay organised with interactive shopping lists, reminders, and much more through voice command.
- Ryzen 7 5800U Series Mobile Processors
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
- 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM
- Up to 1TB of storage PCIe M.2 SSD2
- 75WHr battery with Rapid Charge Boost
IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook (13”,6)
Intuitively secure and ultra-portable, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook (13”, 6) 2-in-1 detachable runs on the Chrome OS ecosystem for one-stop access to Google Play gaming and a library of entertainment apps, such as Spotify and YouTube.
The IdeaPad Duet 5 features a vivid 13.3-inch OLED display, while the powerfully simple operating system of the IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook (13”, 6) boots up quickly and delivers a long battery life of up to 15 hours with a 42WHr battery for even more mobile productivity while studying or web browsing.
This machine is said to be ideal for those who prefer the versatility of Google Assistant and switching between multiple modes, and it comes with touch, pen support and included keyboard and stand.
Users can simply detach the screen and enjoy a cinematic experience in tablet mode, or transform it for work tasks by snapping on its thin, detachable laptop-grade keyboard.
Lenovo’s OLED display technology also emits 70% less blue light to help drastically reduce eye strain than current LCD panels, according to the brand, and comes certified as an Eyesafe Display from TÜV Rheinland and an Eye Care Display from SGS.