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Lenovo Goes Leaner and Meaner With New Legion Laptops

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
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Lenovo is going thinner and faster with its new gaming laptops. At CES 2022, the company announced new entries to both the Lenovo Legion 5 series as well as the esports-focused Legion 5 Pro laptops. 

Both the Legion 5 and Legion 5 Pro come with the latest processors from AMD and Intel (the Intel models are marked with an "i"), as well as upcoming Nvidia graphics. The Intel-based laptops will launch in February while the AMD versions will ship in April.

The biggest difference between the Legion 5 and 5 Pro series is the display. The non-pro laptops have 15-inch, 2560 x 1440, 16:9 displays that go up to 165 Hz, while the Pro counterparts are 16-inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1600 resolution, and IPS panels that offer 240 Hz.

The Intel versions use Intel's 12th Gen processors, up to the Core i9-12700H on the 5i and Core i9-12900H on the 5i Pro. Lenovo hasn't disclosed which AMD processors it's using, other than that they are "next-gen." The graphics cards are new additions to Nvidia's RTX 30 lineup. We know specs, including boost clocks of 125W on the 5 series and 165 W in the 5 Pro, but not model names.

Lenovo Legion 5Lenovo Legion 5iLenovo Legion 5 ProLenovo Legion 5i Pro
CPUNext-gen AMD Ryzen processorsUp to Intel Core i9-12700HNext-gen AMD Ryzen processorsUp to Intel Core i9-12900H
GPUUp to "latest GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPU" (8GB GDDR6, 125W TGP, Boost Clock 1485Mhz)Up to "latest GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPU" (8GB GDDR6, 125W TGP, Boost Clock 1485Mhz)Up to "latest GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPU" (8GB GDDR6, 165W TGP, Boost Clock 1485Mhz)Up to "latest GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPU" (8GB GDDR6, 165W TGP, Boost Clock 1485Mhz)
Display15-inch, 2560 x 1440, 16:9, up to 165 Hz, Nvidia G-Sync15-inch, 2560 x 1440, 16:9, up to 165 Hz, Nvidia G-Sync16-inch, 2560 x 1600, IPS, 16:10, up to 240 Hz, FreeSync and G-Sync16-inch, 2560 x 1600, IPS, 16:10, up to 240 Hz, FreeSync and G-Sync
RAMUp to 32GB DDR5-4800Up to 32GB DDR5-4800Up to 32GB DDR5-4800Up to 32GB DDR5-4800
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4Up to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4Up to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4Up to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4
NetworkingUp to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Up to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Up to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Up to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
Battery80WHr80WHr80WHr80WHr
Starting Price$1,129.99 $1,199.99 $1,429.99 $1,569.99
AvailabilityApril 2022February 2022April 2022February 2022

The Legion 5 and 5i are 15% thinner than previous generations, but Lenovo claims that they run just as cool thanks to a fan that's 40% more powerful–we can’t wait to find out how that sounds in testing. The webcam is in a camera bump over the display, which serves as an easy way to open the laptop.

The 16-inch version is also seeing some changes, including better Wi-Fi antenna placement and a battery optimizer with artificial intelligence. The majority of the ports are on the back, for a cleaner desk. The newer model also includes four-zone backlighting and an aluminum-magnesium chassis.

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Both laptops use Lenovo's TrueStrike keyboards, which, given Lenovo's ThinkPad heritage, we expect to be good for typing and gaming, but we'll need to test it for ourselves.

These laptops are being announced alongside a series of Legion accessories, including wired and wireless mice and a set of monitors. Additionally, Lenovo has a new launcher, Legion Arena, to put all of your PC games from various storefronts into one program. That’s far from the first launcher we’ve seen from a laptop company. But we’re pretty sure most people just prefer to stick with the launcher where they bought their games from.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE