2021 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and Legion 5 – AMD Ryzen 5000, RTX graphics and more

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on July 27, 2021

Many consider the 2020 Lenovo Legion 5 the best-value gaming laptop of its generation, especially in the AMD Ryzen variants with higher-tier graphics. However, those configurations were not available worldwide, and only topped at Geforce 60 mid-level graphics, which did not suffice for some potential buyers.

That’s changing with the 2021 Lenovo Legion 5 update and especially the brand-new Legion 5 Pro, a beefier iteration with more powerful specs and a quad-fan thermal design to match them.

This article down below gathers our early thoughts on these updated Legion 5 lineups, and is a work in progress as we’re filling up the blanks.

In a few words, the 2021 Legion 5 series is mostly a hardware update of the 2020 generation, bumped to AMD Ryzen 5000 hardware and Nvidia RTX 3000 graphics. The Legion 5 Pro, on the other hand, is different in a couple of ways. Lenovo went with a slightly more gaming-oriented design that reminds of the previous Y series of laptops from 2018, with a backlit Legion logo on the lid, opted for a 16-inch QHD 165 Hz display, a thicker chassis, and a different internal design, meant to accommodate higher-tier specs.

2021 Lenovo legion 5 Pro and Legion 5

For now, here’s a specs sheet of the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 5 models, based on the little we know so far, and we’ll update as we dig out more details. Note that while the standard Legion 5 models are available in either 15 or 17-inch FHD 16:9 versions, the 5 Pro is only available with the newer 16-inch QHD 16:10 display.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH-06 – review Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-06 – review Lenovo Legion 5 17ACH-06
Screen 16-inch, QHD 2560 x 1600 px IPS, 16:10, non-touch, matte
165 Hz 3ms response, GSync support
400-nits, 100% sRGB
15.6-inch, FHD, 16:9, non-touch, matte
several panel options: 165 Hz 3ms 300-nits 100% sRGB with GSync, 120 Hz 250-nits 65% sRGB, 60 Hz 300-nits 100% sRGB
17.3-inch, FHD, 16:9, non-touch, matte
several panel options: 144 Hz 3ms 300-nits 100% sRGB with Free-Sync,
60 Hz 300-nits 100% sRGB
Processor up to AMD Cezanne Ryzen 7 5000 (up to Ryzen 7 5800H) up to AMD Cezanne Ryzen 7 5800H up to AMD Cezanne Ryzen 7 5800H
Video Radeon Vega + Nvidia RTX 3000 series (up to 3070 125-140W) Radeon Vega + Nvidia RTX 3000 series (up to 3070 115-13oW) Radeon Vega + Nvidia RTX 3000 series (up to 3070 115-13oW)
Memory up to 64GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs) up to 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs) up to 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs)
Storage up to 2 TB M.2 NVMe (dual M.2) up to 2 TB M.2 NVMe (dual M.2) + 2.5″ bay on 60Wh battery versions up to 2 TB M.2 NVMe (dual M.2)
Connectivity Wireless 6 (Intel AX20/210), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit LAN Wireless 6 (Intel AX200/210), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit LAN Wireless 6 (Intel AX200/210), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit LAN
Ports 4x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen2 with charging, DP and data, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen1, HDMI 2.1, LAN, headphone/mic 3x USB-A 3.1 gen 1, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen2 with Data, gen1, power and DP, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen1, HDMI 2.1, LAN, headphone/mic 4x USB-A 3.1 gen 1, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen2 with Data, power and DP, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen1, SD card reader, HDMI 2.1, LAN, headphone/mic
Battery 80 Wh, 230 W power adapter 60/80 Wh, from 170 W power adapter 80 Wh, from 170 W power adapter
Size 356 mm or 14.01” (w) x 264 mm or 10.4” (d) x 26.9 mm or 1.1” (h) 363 mm or 14.29” (w) x 260 mm or 10.23” (d) x 26.1 mm or 1.03” (h) 399 mm or 15.69” (w) x 290 mm or 11.42” (d) x 26.1 mm or 1.03” (h)
Weight from 2.45 kg (5.4 lb), + power brick from 2.4 kg (5.3 lb), + power brick from 2.98 kg (6.6 lb), + power brick
Extras white/blue/4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad, 2x 2W stereo speakers, HD webcam with Shutter, Gray or White colors white/blue/4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad, 2x 2W stereo speakers, HD webcam with Shutter, Blue or White colors white/blue/4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad, 2x 2W stereo speakers, HD webcam with Shutter, Blue or White colors

Update: Our detailed review of the Legion 5 Pro is available here, and our review of the standard Legion 5 is available here.

As far as the 2021 Legion 5 models go, not a lot has changed in terms of design, construction, and overall feel from the 2020 models (here’s our review of the 2020 Legion 5).

Aside from the hardware update, these 2021 models get a slight change in IO and several different screen options, all FHD 16:9 just as before. Lenovo did change the color options, with these 2021 models now available in either Phantom Blue or Stingray White.

Back to those specs, Lenovo only announced AMD-based models for now, but I’d reckon Intel variants will also be available later on (either with Comet Lake H or once the Tiger Lake H chips become available around Spring 2021). As far as the GPU options go, we’re still waiting for confirmation, but I’d expect the standard Legion 5 models to top at RTX 3060 chips.

Update: RTX 3070 115-130W configurations of the Legion 5 have been listed in several regions. Those are more powerful than I was expecting.

Even higher power RTX 3060/3070 125-140W graphics will make it into the Legion 5 Pro models, as suggested by the fact that these ship with a 240/300W power brick by default. The 5 Pro is also slightly thicker and gets a quad-fan thermal design, paired with Lenovo’s new Legion AI Engine, an AI optimized software suite that dynamically juggles the CPU/GPU power-settings in order to improve the performance in AAA games (this software package will be available across the entire 2021 Legion lineup). Gigabyte have been using similar AI features in their laptops, not to the greatest success, though, and I wonder what Lenovo were able to achieve here, with their much heftier R&D budget. The official literature also mentions GSync support for the 5 Pro, but take this with a grain of salt until further clarified.

I was also eager for a more in-depth look at this quad-fan cooling module, but Lenovo haven’t provided any pictures for now.

2021 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro design

Specs aside, unlike the standard Legion 5, the 5 Pro gets the 2021 novelty 16-inch display with QHD (2560 x 1600 px ) resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, 165 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms response, as well as 500-nits of brightness, HDR 400 support, and 100% sRGB color coverage. This is also offered on Lenovo’s top-tier 2021 Legion 7 series. As a side benefit, the 5 Pro now looks a lot more modern, with thinner bezels and a much smaller chin. There’s still enough room for a camera at the top, with a privacy shutter cover.

While the press release doesn’t specifically cover this aspect, I’d reckon the 5 Pro is still a plastic build, Lenovo keeping the higher-quality construction exclusive for the Legion 7 lineup, which also gets RGB lightbars. I’d also reckon the inputs haven’t changed from the standard Legion 5 models, with the full-size keyboard available with different kinds of illumination (white, blue, or 4-zone RGB), but the Pro has received a more spacious clickpad.

2021 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro inputs - keybaord and clickpad

The IO is mostly lined on the rear of the 5 Pro, like on all the other Legion models. There’s everything you’ll need here, except for Thunderbolt support or a card-reader. In fact, you’ll only get a card-reader on the 17-inch Legion 5, but not on any other 2021 Legion. As a side note, the specs hint that USB-C charging is now supported by both the Legion 5 and 5 Pro lineups, unlike with the 2020 generations.

All in all, I’m confident both the 2021 Lenovo Legion 5 and the Legion 5 Pro are going to top the charts in their classes, but I’m looking forward to properly test them and share our findings with you. Both are expected in stores around March 2021, with the Legion 5 starting at $769 in the US, and the Legion 5 Pro starting at $999. I’d like to hear your thoughts on them in the meantime, especially on the 5 Pro.

Update: Our detailed review of the Legion 5 Pro is available here, and our review of the standard Legion 5 is available here.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

53 Comments

  1. Andrei

    April 13, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Yep, it does support USB C charging but you cannot use the laptop for heavy duty task while using an USB C charger as it can only draw 100 W from USB C. For office tasks, it should be OK. For gaming or video editing, you must use the included 300 W brick.

  2. Ash Ramesh

    April 14, 2021 at 1:12 am

    My budget is $1199 USD. Do you think the 5 pro with an RTX 3060 and 5600h will be under that price? Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 14, 2021 at 10:30 am

      5800H + RTX 3060 + 165 Hz QHD screen was 1600 EUR here. So idk about that 3060 under $1200

  3. J4YD3N P4T1L4N

    April 14, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    When will the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro release in the US?

  4. Kolos

    April 15, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Do u think it will perform better than the Asus G17?
    I’m eager to see a comparison between those models!

  5. Kaveh

    April 16, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    the Lenovo operator said 2-3 weeks.

  6. Mul

    April 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Andrei GirbeaApril 12, 2021 at 2:33 pm
    No, I haven't bought one quickly enough from Pc garage when they had it, and now it's no longer in stock

    In stock, pcgarage.ro/notebook-laptop/lenovo/gaming-16-legion-5-pro-16ach6h-wqxga-ips-165hz-g-sync-procesor-amd-ryzen-7-5800h-16m-cache-up-to-44-ghz-32gb-ddr4-1tb-ssd-geforce-rtx-3070-8gb-no-os-storm-grey/

  7. Andrei Morar

    April 19, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Andrei, are you gonna buy and review it this time?

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 19, 2021 at 10:55 am

      idk, still considering. The 3070 is expensive for us to get just for a review, as we do not have any other use for this sort of laptop right now. Not an excuse, it is what it is.

  8. Michal

    April 24, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Got my Legion 5 17 inch version yesterday. It's a beast. I would have preferred the metal build of the Legion 5 PRO but that's available only with a 16 inch screen and a strange aspect ratio. However they cost exactly the same which is funny.

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