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Lenovo Yoga 7 vs Lenovo Yoga 9: Convertible Laptop

The Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5 (82BH0015FR) meets fairly heavy competition in our review, but it is the only one to integrate the 11th generation Intel processor with the Iris Xe graphics solution. Its good battery life and the addition of its active stylus also work in its favor.

Lenovo, at the origin of the concept of a 2-in-1 laptop convertible into a tablet, has continuously improved its Yoga range. Today, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is the flagship of the range and is positioned as an alternative to the Dell XPS 13 2 in 1 and other Asus ZenBook Flip or HP Specter X360.

General Info

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
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BrandLenovoLenovo
ModelYoga 7 14ITL5Yoga 9 14ITL5
Weight1.45 kg1.35 kg
OSWindows 10 Home 64 bitWindows 10 64 bits
DisplayIPSUHD
Dimensions14 Inches14 Inches
Type2 in 12 in 1
ColorsSlate Grey, Dark MossSpace Gray and Black

Display

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
Display TypeFHD IPSLED
Display Size14 Inch14 Inch
Display Resolution1920 x 1200 Pixel3840 x 2160 Pixel
Display TouchscreenYesYes
Display FeaturesFull HD Infinity DisplayUltra HD 4K LED
Display GlossyYesYes
Dimension 320 x 214 x 17.7 mm318 x 210 x 15 mm

Lenovo Yoga 7

The screen features refined bezels (micro-bezels) that take advantage of the compacted chassis. The impression of immersion is even more present. Placed on a bright shiny panel (300 nits), its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allows a vast obvious display space. It makes the most of the High Definition content, while the IPS technology is responsible for opening viewing angles and faithfully reproducing colors. The screen is logically supplied with a Lenovo Active Pen active stylus for a writing experience “close to natural sensations.”

Lenovo Yoga 9

Lenovo offers two screens on its Yoga 9. One Full HD and one UHD, like our model. Convertible requires both are obviously tactile to be able to use Yoga in tablet mode.

The 4K screen displays a maximum brightness of 496 cd / m2 for a contrast ratio of 1521: 1. All spaces (sRGB, DCI-P3, and Adobe RGB) are at least 99% covered. An asset for photographers, graphic designers, and other image professionals looking for a laptop PC with a screen of excellent colorimetric quality. No concern for the DeltaE with a score less than 1 after characterization.

However, there is a high variability of the white point when the backlighting is set to a value less than 20%. But in practice, the brightness is so low that even when working in the dark, you are unlikely to choose such a value. Note that the Yoga 9’s UHD screen is HDR Dolby Vision compatible.

The webcam is integrated into its usual location. This isn’t easy to see in a photo, but it has an integrated cache. However, the mechanism is so small that it is not easy to manipulate it. However, this remains a plus for confidentiality. The definition is classic (720P) but stands out from the competition with slightly sharper images, including when the brightness declines. However, no infrared sensors and, therefore, no support for Windows Hello. Too bad for a high-end ultrabook in 2021.

Specification

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1135G7Intel Core i7-1185G7
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe G7 80EUsIntel Iris Xe
RAM16 GB DDR4 RAM16 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage512 GB SSD1 TB SSD

Performance

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
Clockspeed4.2 GHz2.8 GHz
Graphic ProcessorIntel Iris Xe G7 80EUsIntel Iris Xe
ProcessorG7 80 EUsIntel Iris Xe

Lenovo Yoga 7

To animate this Yoga 7 14ITL5 (82BH0015FR), a Core i5-1135G7 processor11th generation. Known as Tiger Lake, this processor brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i5-1135G7 of our Yoga displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i5-10210U, are satisfied TDP of 15W. This leads to a fairly visible increase in performance on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming). We understand these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the ultrabook. Still, when it comes to missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable.

And then keep in mind that we still have a low-power Core i5 in front of you, therefore not enough to provide intensive performance in creation as would non-low consumption processors (-H). In front, the 8 GB RAM is the minimum for surfing smoothly in multitasking and, in our opinion, is sufficient for everyday office and multimedia use. Note all the same that the memory being welded, it is not possible to make it evolve thereafter.

But the most interesting novelty of this Gen11 Tiger Lake lies above all in their new integrated graphics chip, the Iris Xe. Thanks to it, Intel is back in the race against AMD and, above all, against small NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. A good length exceeds the performances of the Iris Plus G7 of the Gen10 (Ice Lake). So, with the Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p under good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom) without delay.

Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is that it simplifies the design of the ventilation system and therefore causes less noise and heat than in a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.

Lenovo Yoga 9

Like the other premium ultrabooks of 2021, Lenovo has chosen a low-power Intel Tiger Lake platform for its Yoga 9, based on a Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1185G7. Two Quad Core processors capable of meeting the needs of versatile use.

In practice, Yoga fails to confirm the slight advantage it has on paper. Its Core i7-1185G7 is positioned in the middle and is often even behind the Dell XPS 13 9310 equipped with a Core i7-1165G7.

Nothing problematic so far, as long as we know that a 14-inch ultrabook is not the best equipped for the most demanding tasks such as video editing, for example.

The Intel Xe graphics chip offers the casual gamer the opportunity to play from time to time, as long as they are not too demanding on the settings of the details. It is also an ally for programs capable of exploiting GPU acceleration.

All testing was performed using the Extreme Performance profile in the Lenovo Vantage utility and Windows Best Performance mode, the best performing according to our measurements. The optimized Smart Cooling profile is a little slower (TDP max 20W) without having a noticeable impact on noise and/or temperatures.

With a fineness of less than 10 mm for the lower part where the components are present, maintaining acceptable temperatures is challenging. Lenovo does not fare so badly with a processor around 85-90 ° C at full throttle, the average temperature for a 13/14 inch ultrabook.

Noise side, at its strongest, Yoga 9 is close to 43 dBA. Again, nothing exceptional compared to the competition. However, its fairly high frequency is not the most pleasant for the user.

Multimedia

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
Web-camYesYes
Speakers2 Speakers2 Speakers
Microphone Jack3.5 mm3.5 mm
Wireless LanYesYes
Bluetooth5.05.0

Lenovo Yoga 7

The Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5 takes a lot of the DNA of its predecessor, the Lenovo Yoga C740-14. According to Lenovo, forged in “high-end” aluminum, it opts for a matt frosted finish on a Steel Gray color that plays the card of sobriety and elegance.

The measurements do not move and remain average for a 14-inch ultrabook with 17 mm thickness and a 320 x 214 mm format. The weight is well optimized, around 1.4 kg. The keyboard is backlit and includes a numeric keypad, a novelty on this series (which may explain the weight gain). This is very handy if you enter numbers regularly and increasingly rare in this format. A good point, therefore.

The keyboard is backlit in several shades for easier typing in a dark environment, and the glass touchpad is precise.

Another special mention for privacy that Lenovo seems to take seriously. A fingerprint reader allows you to log in with a single touch via Windows Hello, and the webcam takes advantage of a small TrueBlock privacy flap to prevent intrusion.

Lenovo Yoga 9

Forget aluminum or carbon; Lenovo stands out from its competitors by offering, as an option, a leather finish on the top of its Yoga 9.

All ports are located on the left of the chassis. There are two USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB-A 3.1 Gen2 port, and a headphone/microphone jack. On the right, the power button. And finally, on the back edge, the stylus. Certainly compact, but it is the concession necessary to have an integrated location so convenient for transport.

The keyboard benefits from a white backlight, the intensity of which is adjustable in two positions. Well layered, they adapt to most environments.

A special feature of this Lenovo Yoga 9, it has a haptic touchpad. This means that the touchpad is fixed and does not sink when pressed as on a traditional touchpad. Sensors will detect that the user is exerting pressure to “click virtually” and will then trigger, thanks to an electromagnetic system, a vibration that the brain will then interpret as a “click.” A technology popularized by Apple on its MacBooks

Battery

Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5Lenovo Yoga 9 14ITL5
Battery TypeLithium PolymerLithium Polymer
Battery Life17 Hrs8 Hrs

Lenovo Yoga 7

Lenovo announces a generous total of 16 hours of battery life for its Lenovo Yoga 7 14ITL5, provided by the 71Whr battery. If this total can be approached in light use with the brightness lowered, it is more reasonable to count on 10 hours of autonomy in web browsing via Wifi, which is already an excellent result.

Lenovo Yoga 9

Despite its UHD screen, the Yoga 9 enjoys a comfortable average battery life of 11:15 (with active WiFi and brightness at 140 nits). If you still find that a bit tight, it is better to opt for a version with a Full HD screen to gain 2/3 hours of additional battery life.

Note the possibility of activating the conservation mode in the utility Lenovo Vantage to limit the battery charge to 60% and preserve its lifespan when the computer is used on mains most of the time.

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