Lenovo’s 2021 Legion Gaming Laptops All Use Ryzen and RTX

Lenovo Legion
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Among Lenovo's wide swath of devices at the all-virtual CES 2021 are a new range of Legion-branded gaming notebooks, which are picking up AMD's latest Ryzen processors as well as the newest GPUs from Nvidia. 

Lenovo Legion Specs 

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Header Cell - Column 0 Lenovo Legion 7Lenovo Legion Slim 7Lenovo Legion 5 ProLenovo Legion 5 (17-inch)Lenovo Legion 5 (15-inch)
CPUUp to the latest AMD Ryzen 9Next-gen AMD processorsUp to the latest AMD Ryzen 7Up to the latest AMD Ryzen 7Up to the latest AMD Ryzen 7
GPUUp to the latest Nvidia GeForce RTXUp to the latest Nvidia GeForce RTXUp to the latest Nvidia GeForce RTXUp to the latest Nvidia GeForce RTXUp to the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX
RAMUp to 32GB DDR4 3200MHzNot disclosedUp to 16GB DDR4 3200MHzUp to 16GB DDR4 3200MHzUp to 32GB DDR4 3200MHz
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDNot disclosedUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDUp to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDUp to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Display16-inch, 16:10, IPS QHD (2560 x 1600), G-Sync, HDR400, 165 Hz, Dolby Vision15.6-inch, FHD at 165 Hz or 4K at 60 Hz, Dolby Vision16-inch, 16:10, IPS QHD (2560 x 1600), G-Sync, HDR400, 165 Hz17.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) up to 144 Hz, Dolby Vision15.6-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080), up to 165 Hz, Dolby Vision optional
NetworkingWi-Fi 6, Killer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6 (Killer Wi-Fi optional)Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
AvailabilityJune 2021May 2021 March 2021 March 2021 March 2021
Starting Price$1,669.99 Not yet announced$999.99 $769.99 $769.99

Lenovo Legion 7 

The flagship is the Lenovo Legion 7, which will start at $1,669.99 in June. It will bear up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9, which we suspect will mean mobile versions of Ryzen 5000 parts, though Lenovo hasn't said. It's also going up to "the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX," which may mean RTX 3000-series parts, given recent rumors. 

The new Legion 7 will compete with the best gaming laptops with a 16-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, but the chassis will be the same size as the 15-inch version from the previous generation of machines. The screen has a 165 Hz refresh rate, 1440p resolution and G-Sync, plus Dolby Vision support and optional DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Lenovo’s offering the PC in "storm grey" with per-key RGB lighting, as well as RGB on the bottom lip, exhaust vents and logo on the lid. That RGB’s all controlled by Corsair's iCue software. The laptop's cooling includes liquid metal thermal compound and a vapor chamber. The 720p webcam will have an "e-shutter" kill switch for privacy on the side of the laptop.

There's also a smaller version, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7, with a 15.6-inch screen at either 4K resolution and 60 Hz or 1080p at 165 Hz. The magnesium-aluminum laptop is 4.2 pounds, which Lenovo is calling the thinnest and lightest in history. 

Lenovo Legion 7 (Image credit: Lenovo)

Like the Legion 7, the Legion Slim 7 has liquid metal. However, the Corsair RGB is optional, and it otherwise comes with a white keyboard backlight. Instead of a camera kill switch, there's a sliding privacy shutter. 

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 

Lenovo is positioning the Legion 5 Pro as the go-to for eSports. It has a far less subtle design, using the old Y-series logo on a white or gray chassis. Like the Legion 7, it comes with a 16-inch, 16:10, IPS QHD (2560 x 1600), G-Sync screen at 165 Hz. It also uses the latest Nvidia GPUs, but will go up to a Ryzen 7 CPU instead of a Ryzen 9.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (Image credit: Lenovo)

Lenovo claims this laptop has better rear venting for cooler gaming, as well as a more durable hinge.

The regular Legion 5 maintains less gamer-y stylings in "phantom blue" and choices of 15.6 and 17.3-inch options. 

Last but not least, for entry-level gaming, there's the IdeaPad Gaming 3, which is also AMD-based. It will start at $669.99 in June, but specs weren't further disclosed.

This lineup is notable in that there's not a single Intel CPU in sight. Rather than waiting for Tiger Lake-H, Lenovo has gone entirely for AMD's Ryzen processors for gaming. We'll have to see through CES 2021 if competitors choose a similar strategy. Either way, we're looking forward to testing the newest AMD and Nvidia tech together in AMD's new offerings.

Andrew E. Freedman

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 Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social.