Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 or IdeaPad 14/15 series with AMD Ryzen-U 4000 or Intel 10-gen hardware

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By Andrei Girbea, last updated on October 5, 2021

Lenovo are aiming for a slight rebranding of their thin-and-light series of consumer laptops in the first part of 2020, starting with a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 lineup.

They’re still not making it easy for us to tell between their different lines, consumers, though, as this same series will be sold as Lenovo IdeaPad 14/15 in North America, so they continue to have two different naming schemes for the same products, one for the US/CA and another for the rest of the world.

Naming aside, this Yoga Slim 7/IdeaPad 14-15 series includes standard clamshell notebooks with a thin-and-light build and 14/15-inch displays.

Update: Our full review of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 is available over here.

That suggests it’s a follow-up for the existing IdeaPad S540 and S740 lineups, with a slightly revamped design and a hardware update to 2020 platforms: 10th gen Intel Core with optional Nvidia MX/GTX graphics, as well as more affordable AMD Ryzen 4000 APU variants.

We’re especially excited about those AMD Ryzen-U 4000 mobile builds, having recently reviewed the Ryzen 3000 based IdeaPad S540, are we’re looking forward to test how their fare against the more expensive Intel models.

Lenovo Yoga Slim lineup of thin-and-light ultrabooks

The entire Yoga Slim 7 and IdeaPad 14/15 lineup is expected in stores around April 2020, so we’ll continue to update this preview as we get closer to launch. Here’s what we know so far:

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14/ IdeaPad 14 – review Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 15/ IdeaPad 15
Screen 14-inch FHD IPS touch or 4K HDR glass 15.6-inch FHD IPS glass
Hardware Intel 10th Gen Core U with Iris Plus graphics, and optional Nvidia MX dGPU
AMD Ryzen-U 4000 Mobile APU with Radeon RX Graphics
Intel 10th Gen Core (??) with Iris Plus graphics and Nvidia GTX dGPU
Memory up to 16 GB LPDDR4x DDR4 (??)
Storage up to 1 TB PCIe x4 up to 1 TB PCIe x4
Ports 2x USB-A, 2x USB-C, one with Thunderbolt 3 (on Intel version), HDMI, microSD card reader, mic/earphone 2x USB-A, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/earphone
Connectivity optional WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5 WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5
Battery 61 Wh, with Rapid Charge, USB-C charging 69 Wh (??), with Rapid Charge, Lenovo rectangular plug charger
Size ~14.9 mm or .58” (h)
Weight ~1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
Others available in Slate Gray, Orchid or Dark Moss, up-firing speakers, IR camera available in Slate Gray, up-firing speakers, IR camera

Build and Design

Much like the previous S540/S740 lines, both these 14 and 15-inch Yoga Slim 7s are entirely made out of metal, so they’ll feel premium to the touch and sturdy to use. Lenovo mentions three colors for the 14-inch variant, Gray, Orchid (Purple) and Dark Moss (Green). The pictures showcase the Gray versions. The 15-inch model, on the other hand, will only be available in Gray.

At the same time, these 2020 IdeaPads borrow design lines from the higher-tier Yoga C940 lineup, like the rounded back of the main-body and the reversed notch at the top of the screen that incorporates the webcam and IR cameras. As a result, they’re slightly smaller and lighter than the previous generations.

The keyboards haven’t changed on a first look, they’re still the standard Lenovo chiclet layout and design, with an additional NumPad section on the 15-inch model. The 14-incher lacks the Numerical extension, and as a result, is able to incorporate front speakers that fire through those grills that flank the keyboard. The IdeaPad 15 gets front-firing speakers as well, but placed at the top of its keyboard.

yoga slim 7 keyboards

There’s also a slight IO difference between the two. Both get 2x USB-A slots and HDMI, but the 14-inch variant gets 2x USB-C ports, one with Thunderbolt 3 support (on the Intel version) and another used for charging, as well a microSD card reader; the 15-inch model gets a single USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3, a full-size card-reader and charges via the standard Lenovo rectangular plug, most likely due to its need for a higher capacity charger required to cope with the more powerful components. No word on whether USB-C charging is supported on this 15-inch version.

Screens and hardware

The screen choices and hardware specs are the other important aspects that set the Yoga Slim 7 14 apart from the 15-inch version.

With the Slim 7 14, you can opt for FHD or UHD screens with or without touch, while the FHD version is only announced with a FHD glass screen, based on what we know so far.

yoga slim 7 screen

As for the hardware, the 15-inch IdeaPad 15 follows on the footsteps of the 15-inch IdeaPad S740, with Intel Core hardware and Nvidia GTX graphics (perhaps a GTX 1650 Super variation).

However, I’m not sure whether it continues with a 10th gen Core H platform or steps into one of the 10th gen Core U alternatives, so we’ll need to update on that. This also gets a large capacity battery (~69 Wh, to be confirmed), and Lenovo mentions “a significant 30 percent boost in Battery life from the previous generation 15-inch size”, which is what leads me to the possibility of an Intel Core U implementation. Or perhaps 10th gen Core H is that more efficient than Coffee Lake.

The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7  14 definitely gets a 10th gen Intel Core U hardware platform with either Intel Iris Plus or Nvidia MX250 graphics (follow-up of the existing MX250 chip, perhaps MS350 or MX250 Super ??), LPDDR4x support and PCIe x4 storage, as well as a fair-sized 54 Wh battery.

However, Lenovo will also offer an AMD version of this 14-inch variant, based on the Renoir AMD Ryzen-U 4000 APUs scheduled for later this year (up to Ryzen 7 4800U with 8 Cores and 8 Threads). This is expected to significantly improve on the performance and efficiency of the existing 3000-series APUs (here’s our review of the AMD-based Ideapad S540, for reference), which could make this AMD IdeaPad 14 highly competitive in 2020. Here’s our review of the latest generation IdeaPad 5 14 clamshell model, or the convertible Flex 5 14 variant.

Based on the existing leaks, the Ryzen 7 4700U outperforms the IceLake Intel core i-71065G7 in synthetic benchmarks but trails the 6C/12T Comet Lake Intel i7-10710U.

Pricing and availability

Especially since the AMD version is going to be much more affordable than the Intel variant. Lenovo hasn’t yet announced the exact launch configuration, but the AMD-based models are scheduled to start at US$850, while the Intel-Based variants at a whopping US$1200. Even if the Intel version gets more RAM/storage and perhaps extra features like faster RAM and Thunderbolt 3 support out of the box, that’s still nearly 50% more expensive at launch.

The 15-inch IdeaPad 15 is also expected to start at around $1200 in the US, with both size variants expected in stores around April 2020.

We’ll update this preview of the Yoga Slim 7 series with more info and fill up the blanks. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these notebooks and let us know if you spot any errors or additional info that should be included here.

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Andrei Girbea, author at Ultrabookreview.com
Article by: Andrei Girbea
Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief. I've a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and I've been covering mobile technology since the 2000s. You'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site, as well as some occasional first-impression articles.


  1. Ken

    March 25, 2020 at 4:23 am

    I believe these will also be available with the Ryzen 9 4000 series. At least that is what the rep said on the Notebook Italia site. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sYwcGMxQ-c Which should be really good. If you look on the AMD website, they are touting their Ryzen 9 mobile CPU's as "Ultimate-level performance for elite gaming and content creation laptops". I like their concept with these chips.

    Now why couldn't they put another display/hdmi port? Maybe at buy/configure time you may be able to add another. I hoping so.


    • Andrei Girbea

      March 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Could be, although a Ryzen 9 4900U hasn't yet been officially announced. Ryzen 7 4800U is beefy enough from what we can tell right now, though, way faster than an Ice Lake i7 in both CPU and GPU loads.

      Ports are pretty much set in stone, but you do get HDMI and USB-C with DP so you can drive 2x external monitors at once.

  2. Zakk

    April 13, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    These were available to buy on Lenovo's website in the UK a week or two ago, but now they are not showing as available, almost bought one.

    • Sam

      May 5, 2020 at 1:34 am

      What price were they? 4800U?? Thanks in advance

      • Zakk

        May 5, 2020 at 1:37 pm

        Cant remember, sorry. I want to say 1599 (gbp) for the i7. And I was looking at the Intel variant which was i7 1065G7 with MX350. I did contact them and they said it would be released 29 April, but still nothing.

  3. Ali

    May 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I would buy one with 4800u but there isn't one… I wish Lenovo makes them buyable tomorrow. But maybe yoga slim 7 with 4800u won't even come to Turkey. :(

  4. Klaus

    May 7, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Sigh, i hope this one have decent display.
    The other ryzen 4000s laptops have mediocre displays.

    Review on acer swift 3 showed that 4700u is a BEAST. At 15w TDP to add !!

    I planned to buy an intel 10710u laptop this month, but cancelled my plan after seeing ryzen 4700u performance in acer swift 3.
    Lost any appetite towards ryzen 4800h / intel 10710u / intel 1065g7 after seeing amd 4700u

    I'll just wait for another month/two for an amd 4700u/4800u system with decent display.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 7, 2020 at 9:53 am

      4800U is the real performer here, but that's only going to be included in a few laptops. I'm looking forwards for the Lenovo Slim 7 and S540 13, as well as the ThinkPads.

      • Klaus

        May 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm

        Amd 4700u/4800u
        Good build quality
        Good FHD display: ~400 nits, good homogeneity, good color gamut
        15.6 or 17.3 inch

        Pls asus/lenovo/anyone make this spec laptop for me pla

      • Andrei Girbea

        May 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        That 400-nits screen pretty much kills all the options that I know of right now. You might have to go 14-inch or with Intel.

    • Stu

      August 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      sadly only European countries get the 4800u with 100% srgb screens…why are we consumers in America always shat upon ?

      • Rahul Moghe

        September 10, 2020 at 10:05 pm

        cause u r plebs just like us asians, atleast ur currency is stronger, we don’t even have that advantage

  5. Darcy

    June 28, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Do you know when the slim 7 will come to Australia? I'm torn between this and the Asus UM425IQ… which one do you think is better?

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 28, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      IDK about local availability and I haven't touched the Slim 7 yet, but I'm currently testing the Intel-based Asus UX425, which is the same chassis as the UM425. I haven't reached conclusions yet.

  6. Darcy

    June 29, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Ok I will be really interested to see your findings from that review. Thanks

  7. Jimmy Kendricks

    July 5, 2020 at 6:33 am

    This article says it was updated on July 3rd? What are the updates?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 5, 2020 at 9:46 am

      No updates, I only added some link towards some of our other articles, and our software considers every change and modifies the update date.

  8. Ambrol

    July 6, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    As for slim 7 14, any info on soldered ram configuration whether it is dual channel or single channel?

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