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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x overview: a super-slim Copilot+ PC

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x front view showing display and keyboard.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x
MSRP $1,313.00

“The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x is a fantastic platform for Copilot+ and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X chips.”

  • Solid construct and enticing aesthetic
  • Quite skinny
  • Efficient efficiency and battery life
  • Spectacular OLED show
  • Attractive pricing
  • Graphics efficiency is disappointing
  • So-so mechanical touchpad

I reviewed one of many first laptops in Microsoft’s new Copilot+ and Windows on Arm initiative, the HP OmniBook X, which offered excellent efficiency and higher effectivity than earlier Windows machines. Now, I’m having a look at one other, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x, which makes use of the identical chipset however demonstrates that whereas comparable, these aren’t cookie-cutter designs.

The Yoga Slim 7x is simply barely dearer however provides in a superior OLED show. That means its battery life isn’t nearly as good, but it surely’s a significantly better expertise general. The Yoga Slim 7x higher exhibits off the promise of the brand new era of Windows, and is less complicated to advocate.

Specs and configurations

  Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x
Size 12.79 inches x 8.86 inches x 0.51 inches
Weight 2.82 kilos
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100
Graphics Qualcom Adreno
RAM 16GB
32GB
Display 14.5-inch 16:10 3K (2944 x 11840) IPS
Storage 512GB
1TB
Touch Yes
Ports 3 x USB4
Wireless Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
Webcam 1080p with infrared digital camera for Windows 11 Hello facial recognition
Operating system Windows 11 on ARM
Battery 70 watt-hour
Price
1199+

The Yoga Slim 7x has fewer configuration choices than many Lenovo laptops, they usually’re less complicated to grasp and choose. The solely chipset choice is the Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100, and with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 14.5-inch 3K OLED show (the one choice), it’s $1,199. Upgrading to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD boosts the value to $1,313.

Those are enticing costs for a premium laptop computer, and extra enticing than the OmniBook X that’s simply $60 cheaper however with a lower-res IPS show.

Design

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x front angled view showing display and keyboard.
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The Yoga Slim 7x is the second Copilot+ laptop computer I’ve reviewed, with the primary being the HP OmniBook X. As I did with the HP, I’ll be skipping a dialogue of Copilot+ AI performance as a result of there may be unlikely to be a lot distinction between the present crop of machines and the largest function, Copilot+, has been postponed. The options that made it into this launch, although, embody enhanced Studio Effects, Live Captions, and Cocreator. Each will profit from the Snapdragon X Elite’s concentrate on AI efficiency.

But, I’ll concentrate on the Yoga Slim 7x as a laptop computer. By comparability with the OmniBook X, it’s the extra just like the MacBook Air M3 that’s the strongest competitors. To start with, the Yoga Slim 7x is thinner, as little as 0.51 inches in comparison with the MacBook Air M3‘s 0.44 inches and the OmniBook X’s 0.57 inches. The Lenovo can be barely lighter than the HP at 2.82 kilos versus 2.97 kilos, regardless of having a bigger show. The MacBook Air M3 is 2.7 kilos.

But it’s not simply the size — it’s additionally the aesthetic. Somehow, the Yoga Slim 7x simply appears extra streamlined and chic, extra in step with the MacBook’s feel and look. The much more refined coloration scheme, the speaker grilles alongside the keyboard, the reverse notch on the high that homes the webcam and contributes to a lot thinner and extra fashionable bezels — all of it combines to make a extra enticing laptop computer with a extra premium look. I’ll get to the show under, however OLED’s vivid colours and inky blacks actually assist.

Each of those laptops is all-aluminum, and every is inflexible within the keyboard deck and chassis backside. Interestingly, in addition they have lids which might be a bit versatile. That’s opposite to a number of different premium laptops I’ve reviewed, just like the Dell XPS 13, which might be extra inflexible general. Even so, the Yoga Slim 7x has a sturdy really feel that’s nearly as good as most of its opponents.

Keyboard and touchpad

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x top down view showing keyboard and touchpad.
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The keyboard looks like a little bit of a departure from different Lenovo designs. Its keycaps are much less sculpted than I bear in mind, they usually’re smaller. That makes the spacing appear extra beneficiant. The switches are excellent, with a snappiness, a cushty bottoming motion, and simply sufficient strain to create a exact really feel. I prefer it lots — not fairly as a lot because the Magic Keyboard on latest MacBooks, but it surely’s very shut.

The touchpad is mechanical, which is OK at its worth. It’s very giant and exact, however the button clicks are a bit loud. More premium laptops are together with haptic touchpads, together with all MacBooks and another machines just like the XPS 13. I miss it right here.

The Yoga Slim 7x’s show is touch-enabled, which I like. That’s one thing the MacBook Air M3 doesn’t supply however another opponents do, together with the OmniBook X and the XPS 13.

Connectivity and webcam

The Yoga Slim 7x is all-in on USB4. The new port has lots of the identical options and efficiency as Thunderbolt 4, in order that’s not a nasty factor — though most 14-inch laptops even have a legacy connection or two. More distressing is that there’s no 3.5mm audio jack, a limitation that’s solely shared by the XPS 13 (or shut sufficient). There’s additionally no SD card reader, though these have gotten much less frequent. Wireless connectivity is absolutely fashionable, which Wi-Fi 7 on board.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x front view showing webcam.
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The webcam is a 1080p model with an infrared digital camera for Windows 11 facial recognition. It’s contained in Lenovo’s reverse notch that additionally makes opening the lid a bit simpler. As a Copilot+ machine, the Yoga Slim 7x helps the improved model of Microsoft’s Studio Effects software program for higher background blurring, face monitoring, and different capabilities.

CPU efficiency

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x rear view showing lid and logo.
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The Yoga Slim 7x makes use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100 chipset, the slowest model obtainable. Each chipset has the identical 12 cores (eight efficiency and 4 environment friendly), however the X1E-78-100 is the slowest at 3.4GHz and and not using a dual-core enhance. The X1E-00-1DE is the quickest, operating at as much as 3.8GHz with a dual-core enhance to 4.3GHz, whereas the X1E-84-100 within the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Edge 16 runs just a bit slower at 4.2GHz.

Our capability to check Windows on Arm laptops is a bit restricted immediately, with solely a subset of our regular benchmarks operating natively. In two such benchmarks — Geekbench 6 and Cinebench 2024 — we see that the Qualcomm chipset is considerably quicker than Intel’s Meteor Lake and Apple’s M3 — within the latter case, in multi-core purposes. In single-core purposes, the M3 retains its pace benefits. Naturally, the Apple M3 Max chipset, which has considerably extra cores, is way quicker. That demonstrates how Apple Silicon can scale to a lot quicker efficiency. And the M3 is quicker in single-core, that means that for lighter day-to-day workloads, the MacBook Air may really feel extra responsive.

In my testing, I didn’t run into any purposes that merely wouldn’t run on the Yoga Slim 7x. Outside of benchmarks, apps operating in emulation mode had been lots quick sufficient. And every of those laptops was quick sufficient to deal with demanding productiveness duties. What’s most necessary is that Windows on Arm now not has a efficiency penalty that ought to give the everyday person pause. The Yoga Slim 7x has a fan, and it did spin up throughout testing. It’s not loud, however notably the MacBook Air M3 is fanless and subsequently fully silent. That additionally impacts the MacBook Air’s sustained efficiency.

Geekbench 6
(single/multi)
Cinebench 2024
(single/multi)
PCMark 10
Applications
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x
(Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100)
Bal: 2,454 / 14,039
Perf: N/A
Bal: 106 / 872
Perf: N/A
N/A
HP Omnibook X
(Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100)
Bal: 2,377 / 13,561
Perf: N/A
Bal: 101 / 749
Perf: N/A
12,543
Samsung Galaxy Book4 Edge 16
(Snapdragon X Elite X1E-84-100)
Bal: 2,957 / 15,358
Perf: 2,935 / 15,614
Bal: 126 / 766
Perf: 123 / 854
N/A
Dell XPS 13
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 2,109 / 11,134
Perf: 2,132 / 10,866
Bal: 95 / 487
Perf: 96 / 658
11,346
Dell XPS 14
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 2,334 / 13,070
Perf: 2,344 / 12,818
Bal: 101 / 681
Perf: 101 / 772
11,523
Asus Zenbook 14 Q425
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 2,257 / 11,820
Perf: 2,279 / 11,806
Bal: 95 / 468
Perf: 103 / 631
N/A
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 2,396 / 14,270
Perf: 2,426 / 14,406
Bal: 101 / 594
Perf: 102 / 670
N/A
Apple MacBook Air
(M3 8/10)
Bal: 3,102 / 12,078
Perf: N/A
Bal: 141 / 601
Perf: N/A
N/A
Apple MacBook Pro 16
(M3 Max 16/40)
Bal: 3,119 / 20865
Perf: N/A
Bal: 140 / 1,667
Perf: N/A
N/A

GPU efficiency

The Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100’s Adreno GPU runs at 3.8 TFLOPS, whereas the quicker chipsets run at 4.6 TFLOPS. And as soon as once more, we’re restricted in how we are able to take a look at Windows on Arm efficiency.

We have one benchmark that’s designed as a cross-platform benchmark to check a variety of GPUs. That’s 3DMark Wild Life Extreme, and it’s geared toward lower-end graphics like Intel Arc. As such, it doesn’t present the identical extremes in efficiency when in comparison with quicker discrete graphics. In this take a look at, the Yoga Slim 7x carried out as anticipated. It’s roughly equal to Intel Arc however slower than the MacBook Air and Pro. That means it’s no more than an entry-level gaming laptop computer, like its competitors, and it additionally signifies that it received’t carry out higher than Windows laptops with discrete graphics in apps like Adobe Premiere Pro that may use the GPU to hurry up varied processes.

The Pugetbench Premiere Pro benchmark checks that efficiency, but it surely doesn’t run but on Windows on Arm. But by comparability, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 scored 2,329 within the benchmark, whereas the MacBook Air M3 scored 3,633. Apple silicon is quicker on this benchmark due to varied CPU optimizations and never particularly due to its GPU efficiency. But it implies that the Yoga Slim 7x received’t be practically as quick.

Ultimately, the Yoga Slim 7x is like its Windows x86 competitors. It’s going to be nice for light-weight gaming and creativity, however you’ll wish to look forward to Windows on Arm machines with discrete graphics in case you’re a creator or heavier gamer.

3DMark
Time Spy
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme
3DMark
Steel Nomad Light
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x
(Adreno)
Bal: 1,850
Perf: N/A
Bal: 6,067
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,893
Perf: N/A
HP Omnibook X
(Adreno)
Bal: 1,810
Perf: N/A
Bal: 5,754
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,953
Perf: N/A
Dell XPS 13
(Intel Arc)
Bal: 3,234
Perf: 3,897
Bal: 6,322
Perf: 6,667
Bal: 2,599
Perf: 3,005
HP Envy x360 14
(Intel Graphics)
Bal: 1,857
Perf: 2,052
Bal: 2,389
Perf: 2,524
Bal: 1,291
Perf: 1,490
Dell XPS 14
(RTX 4050)
Bal: 5,438
Perf: 5,499
Bal: 9,056
Perf: 9,106
Bal: 4,940
Perf: 5,002
Apple MacBook Air
(M3 8/10)
N/A Bal: 8,098
Perf: N/A
Bal: 3,378
Perf: N/A
Apple MacBook Pro 14
(M3 Max 16/40)
N/A Bal: 10,008
Perf: N/A
Bal: 8,083
Perf: N/A

AI efficiency

The Snapdragon X Elite has a neural processing unit (NPU) that’s rated at 40 tera operations per second (TOPS). That’s quicker than the NPU in Intel’s Meteor Lake chipset that’s 10 TOPS, and in addition quicker than the Neural Engine (NE) in Apple’s M3 chipset that’s at 18 TOPS.

Right now, we don’t have any approach to benchmark the relative efficiency of those machines — at the least, not which were absolutely fleshed out and precisely assess AI efficiency.

For now, I’ll simply say that, theoretically, the Snapdragon X Elite would be the quickest when it comes to on-device AI efficiency that particularly makes use of the NPU. If the GPU is concerned, then as soon as once more, discrete GPUs will present quicker efficiency. And different upcoming chipsets promise to be quicker, similar to Intel’s Lunar Lake with an NPU at 45 TOPS, AMD’s Ryzen AI with 50 TOPS, and Apple’s M4 with 38 TOPS.

Of course, on the identical time, there’s a variety of AI capabilities throughout completely different platforms. Even if we had a dependable benchmark, that may solely say how a laptop computer performs relative to different laptops operating the identical AI options.

Battery life

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x side view showing ports and vents.
Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

More than something, the Snapdragon X Elite and Windows on Arm promise higher effectivity as a promoting level. They’re considerably quicker than Intel Meteor Lake and the MacBook Air M3, however not sufficient that you’d select them based mostly on efficiency alongside. But higher battery life can be important.

So far, I’ve discovered battery life to be a tough factor to guage. On the one hand, the Yoga Slim 7x has the identical environment friendly Snapdragon chipset because the OmniBook X. But it has a bigger battery at 70 watt-hours versus 54 watt-hours and a bigger and extra power-hungry 14.5-inch 3K OLED show versus a 14.0-inch 2.2K IPS panel that’s theoretically much less power-hungry.

In the 2 checks we are able to run reliably on Windows on Arm, the Yoga Slim 7x was much less spectacular. Not solely was the OmniBook X considerably longer-lasting, particularly within the video-looping take a look at, however the Yoga didn’t final so long as the Asus Zenbook 14 Q425 with a lower-resolution OLED show and an Intel Meteor Lake chipset. Battery life was higher than most Meteor Lake laptops, however not practically so long as the MacBook Air M3 in net searching and fewer in video.

When operating a more-demanding take a look at with sustained masses, the Snapdragon X Elite machines are even much less spectacular. With solely barely higher efficiency than the MacBook Air M3, when all three run the Cinebench 2024 multi-core take a look at at roughly 100% efficiency, the MacBook Air M3 lasted for 3.5 hours whereas the 2 Windows on Arm machines lasted for simply two hours. That’s greater than a laptop computer just like the XPS 13 that lasted for 1.5 hours, however not as considerably.

Overall, I’ve to conclude that whereas the Windows on Arm laptops are extra environment friendly than most present Windows laptops, they’re not as environment friendly as Apple Silicon laptops. And I’m undecided they’re value shopping for based mostly on battery life alone.

Web searching Video
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x (OLED)
(Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100)
12 hours, 5 minutes 17 hours, 3 minutes
HP Omnibook X (IPS)
(Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100)
13 hours, 37 minutes 22 hours, 4 minutes
Dell XPS 13 (OLED)
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
7 hours, 17 minutes 8 hours, 7 minutes
Dell XPS 14 (OLED)
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
8 hours, 16 minutes 10 hours, 10 minutes
Dell XPS 14 (IPS)
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
11 hours, 49 minutes 14 hours, 53 minutes
Asus Zenbook 14 Q425 (OLED)
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
12 hours, 25 minutes 18 hours, 1 minute
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 9 (OLED)
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
5 hours, 54 minutes 8 hours, 21 minutes
HP Envy x360 14 (OLED)
(Core Ultra 7 155U)
7 hours, 37 minutes 9 hours, half-hour
Apple MacBook Air (IPS)
(Apple M3)
19 hours, 38 minutes 19 hours, 39 minutes

Display and audio

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x front view showing display.
Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

The Yoga Slim 7x prices at most round $60 greater than the OmniBook X, however for that you just get a spectacular OLED show. Just turning them on is a unique expertise completely. OLED colours are a lot brighter and extra dynamic, and when mixed with the inky blacks, they make for a significantly better first impression. And, that first impression lasts as you employ the laptops.

According to my colorimeter, it is a high quality OLED show. Its colours are extremely extensive at 100% of sRGB, 96% of AdobeRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3. That compares to the HP at 100%, 78%, and 100%, respectively. Both laptops have wonderful coloration accuracy, at DeltaEs of 0.67 and 0.98 (lower than 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye). The OLED show has practically infinite distinction, which measures at 16,980:1 in comparison with the IPS panel at 1,400:1. And the Lenovo show can be a lot brighter at 489 nits versus 325 nits.

Given the similarities between the 2 laptops, it’s arduous to justify the OmniBook X over the Yoga Slim 7x by show high quality alone. That goes for a lot of different laptops as effectively, together with the MacBook Air M3.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x top down view showing speaker.
Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

And the Yoga has a four-speaker setup with two upward-firing tweeters and two downward-firing woofers, which give for louder and clearer audio over the HP’s dual-speaker setup. It’s an awesome multimedia expertise.

An even higher next-gen Windows laptop computer

The Yoga Slim 7x doesn’t stay as much as the promise of MacBook-like battery life, however that doesn’t imply it’s not a brand new form of Windows laptop computer. It’s nonetheless longer-lasting than most, and it’s quicker than its quick competitors. Once AI turns into extra necessary, it’s well-positioned there as effectively.

And in comparison with the primary such laptop computer, the OmniBook X, the Yoga Slim 7x has an OLED show that’s so significantly better. For lower than $100 extra, that makes the Yoga a way more enticing laptop computer and far simpler to advocate.

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