Lenovo updates IdeaPad Pro and Slim laptops with latest Intel and AMD chips

We’re not far from CES, where we should expect new chip announcements from Intel and AMD. That usually follows a flurry of announcements about new silicon-powered Windows 11 laptops, but Lenovo decided to get its news out the door ahead of time. Unfortunately, that means there are some vague references to next-gen chips from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA. But you can guess when those details will be filled in and what they might represent.

Of the many machines Lenovo announced today, only a few will come to the US, such as the IdeaPad Pro 5 and 5i. This will come in 14- and 16-inch variants, both of which will only come with Intel’s “next-gen” Core i5 and i7 options, with the option of a 14-inch 2.2k display or a 2, 8k 120Hz, while by default the 16 inch comes with a 2.5K 120Hz model. Lenovo adds that you can expect “enhanced performance” thanks to a better heatsink, resulting in a cooler and quieter overall experience. Other tweaks for these machines include 25% larger touchpads, a new FHD IR webcam with a Time of Flight sensor, and for the 16-inch model, an SSD expansion slot.

As for the IdeaPad Slim, you’ll be able to pick up the Slim 5i with a 16-inch display, packing an as-yet-unnamed Intel processor. You’ll also be able to pick up the 16-inch Slim 5 with options for AMD’s Ryzen 3 (7330U), 5 (7530U) or 7 (7730U) processors, though you’re stuck with a 60Hz display whichever you choose. which option. Because. With an eye on privacy, these new models feature a physical shutter on the webcam. The only other big change is the greater choice of paint jobs, as you’ll now be able to get them in Purple, Cloud Gray, and Deep Blue.

As for availability, Lenovo says these models won’t arrive in the US until May 2023, with prices for the 16-inch 5i starting at $1,500. Meanwhile, the Slim 5 will start at $650 for the AMD version, while the Intel 5i version costs $750.

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