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The Yoga Slim 7x is Lenovo's attempt at a MacBook Air

Published by Engadget on Mon, 20 May 2024

As part of Microsoft's big push into AI, Lenovo is releasing two new Windows 11 laptops featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite chip. First up is the ThinkPad T14s Gen 6, which is essentially Lenovo's most popular enterprise notebook with an Arm-based chip with a beefy NPU instead of an x86 processor from Intel or AMD. But the more interesting of the two is the Yoga Slim 7x, which features an all-new chassis that's designed to take better advantage of the X Elite's blend of performance and power efficiency. And while Lenovo won't say it outright, the latter is basically the company's attempt at making a MacBook Air rival for Windows.Before we get too deep into the specifics, it's important to note that I tried out a pre-production version of the Slim 7x that didn't have any of Microsoft's new Copilot+ features, so this is strictly an early look at the laptop's hardware. But from what I saw, there's a lot to like.Photo by Sam Rutherford/EngadgetThe laptop's highlight features are its 14-inch 3K 90Hz OLED display and its sleek aluminum chassis. The screen features a color gamut that covers 100 percent of DCI-P3 while delivering up to 500 nits of brightness. Above the display, there's Lenovo's signature communication tab, which allows the Slim 7x to support an FHD webcam plus IR sensors for Windows Hello along with quad mics, but without needing to have super thick bezels.At just 2.84 pounds, the Slim 7x is only a tenth of a pound heavier than a 13-inch MacBook Air and half a pound lighter than a 15-inch MBA. Though at around 0.51 inches thick, it's not quite as sleek as either of Apple's rivals. And despite the Snapdragon X Elite chip's emphasis on power efficiency, unlike a MacBook Air, the Slim 7x still has dedicated fans for cooling.Photo by Sam Rutherford/EngadgetElsewhere, the system features three USB-C 4 ports, Wi-Fi 7 and a surprisingly punchy quad speaker setup. I was also quite surprised with the Slim 7x's keyboard, which sports 1.5mm of key travel, which is a lot longer than you typically get on a system this thin. Finally, powering everything is a 70Wh battery, which is significantly larger than the 58Wh cell on the ThinkPad T14s.Unfortunately, without knowing more about the Snapdragon X Elite's performance in Windows 11 (not to mention stuff like app compatibility) or how impactful Microsoft's Copilot+ features will be, this is a somewhat incomplete peek at the Yoga Slim 7x's capabilities. But even so, for all the people who want to see slimmer notebooks that offer good performance and battery life, it's encouraging to see what companies like Lenovo are doing with a new generation of Arm-based processors for Windows.Photo by Sam Rutherford/EngadgetThe Yoga Slim 7x is expected to go on sale sometime in June starting at $1,199 and will be available exclusively from Best Buy.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-yoga-slim-7x-is-lenovos-attempt-at-a-macbook-air-180056684.html'src=rss
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