This might be one of the sexiest laptops Lenovo has ever announced.
Ahead of today’s reveal of the Slim 9i, I had the opportunity to check it out in person during a pre-briefing, and it’s absolutely stunning. Lenovo uses aluminum and glass construction with a glossy finish around the entire machine. The result is a laptop that looks more like a fine piece of jewelry than something like a MacBook or ThinkPad.
Durability will obviously be an issue. Although Lenovo told me the laptop was still tough enough for daily use, I wasn’t able to determine exactly how tough this glass was. A rep told me that the 3D glass he uses can be compared to Gorilla Glass, but I guess only in the sense that both materials are technically glass. It’s also not terribly light at 3.02 pounds, and I felt like you’d instantly notice it in your backpack because of that.
The new Slim 9i, the successor to Lenovo’s previous IdeaPad Slim 9i, is otherwise familiar to anyone who’s ever seen one of Lenovo’s laptops. There’s an inverted notch at the top that stores the webcam and optional Windows Hello sensors, while port selection is kept a bit simple with three Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack. It comes in a single oatmeal finish that’s certainly stylish to look at, but maybe not for everyone.
What is sure to please every buyer is the included 14-inch OLED display, which is the only display type that comes with the Slim 9i. You can get it in 2880×1080 or 3840×2400 flavors, and each sports 400 nits of brightness, touch input, Dolby Vision, and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. However, if you want a fast refresh rate, you’ll have to go for the 1080p option which gives you 90Hz.
Under the hood, Lenovo includes Intel’s 12th Gen P-series processors, up to an i7-1280P. It’s paired with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage, and Intel Iris Xe graphics. The webcam has been upgraded to 1080p, and there’s a handy kill switch on the right side of the laptop that disconnects all power to the camera for added privacy. This replaces the ThinkShutter from previous Lenovo laptops.
Battery life should last all day, with Lenovo telling me users can expect 12.5 hours on a full charge. The 75Whr cell benefits from the company’s Rapid Charge Boost technology which can give you two hours of use in 15 minutes. Finally, the laptop comes with Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6E, Bowers & Wilkins speakers and Windows 11.
Lenovo says the new Slim 9i will start at $1,799 and go on sale in June. I should have a review unit in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.