Windows 11 will launch next month, which means PC vendors are rolling out their line of Windows 11-compatible laptops and desktops. Lenovo unveiled a few of its own Windows 11 PCs this week at its showcase event. Lenovo Tech World annual, including a remarkably light IdeaPad with an eye-catching OLED display.
This new IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon 2021 weighs just 2.37 pounds, according to Lenovo, making it about half a pound lighter than the already light MacBook Air M1.
Lenovo has long had a reputation for building incredibly light laptops, most notably the 2-pound Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, and the current model of the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon weighs just over two pounds. What’s new, however, is the 14-inch OLED display that debuts in the 2021 IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon. Lenovo calls it “the world’s lightest 14-inch OLED laptop,” and if you’re looking for a Windows 11 compatible ultraportable with a gorgeous display, you’d be hard pressed to find a lighter one.
Here’s what we know so far about the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: release date and price
The 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon will be released in October for a starting price of $ 1,289. You should be able to purchase it from Lenovo’s website, and you may also be able to find it at some third-party retailers.
It will go on sale outside of North America under a slightly different name, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon, due to some vagaries in the way Lenovo brands its products in different regions.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: Design
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is one of Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest laptops, and the 2021 OLED refresh looks little changed. While we didn’t know the full specs until the laptop hit the market, we already know that the 2021 IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon will measure 0.59 inches at its thinnest point and weigh just 2, 37 lbs.
If that turns out to be true, that means this laptop will be as thin as Apple’s 2020 MacBook Air M1 and about a half a pound lighter, making the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon one of the laptops equipped with it. Thinnest and lightest OLEDs on the market.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: Display
The star of the show is the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s new 14-inch OLED QHD + display, courtesy of Samsung. OLED displays are still rare in laptops, and they are very important because they generally offer brighter colors, more inked blacks, and sharper contrasts than non-OLED displays.
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s panel should be quite easy on the eyes, as it will have a 16:10 display ratio (2880 x 1800 pixels) with a 90Hz refresh rate. Lenovo claims that it has been calibrated to achieve 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and deliver brightness between 400 and 600 nits, which would be pretty impressive if that were true; we are looking forward to having a review unit in our lab for testing so that we can see for ourselves.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: Ports
There’s a pretty sparse port selection on the new 2021 IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon, which is a common limitation on ultraportables, especially those designed to be extraordinarily thin and light.
You’ll have to settle for a pair of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports that support Power Deliver 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.4, meaning they should be able to output video through DisplayPort and power plugged-in devices. There’s also a simpler USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, as well as an audio / headphone combo jack.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: performance
The new IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon should be able to deliver respectable performance at work or after hours, as it will be configurable with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe. M.2 SSD for storage.
While not designed for serious gaming or video editing, you should be able to do a bit of both if you take advantage of the fact that the Slim 7 Carbon is also configurable with a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 laptop graphics card. While the MX450 isn’t beefy enough to let you play Cyberpunk 2077 with all settings turned on, it should give you enough muscle to play a huge range of PC games at decent to great frame rates.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: Battery life
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon will come with a 61 WHr battery that Lenovo claims will deliver up to 14.5 hours of performance on a single charge. Sounds optimistic for an OLED laptop, and we’re going to run our own web browsing battery test to see how well this system holds up.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon: Outlook
As we prepare for the release of the next generation of Windows, it’s exciting to see Lenovo embark on improving one of its thinnest, lightest laptops with a potentially stunning OLED display.
With a starting price of $ 1,289, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is well positioned to compete with ultraportable laptops equipped with OLEDs like the Dell XPS 13 OLED ($ 1,699), Asus ZenBook 13 OLED ($ 899 ) and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 ($ 1,299).
So far, 2021 is shaping up to be the year OLED laptops really arrive, and Lenovo’s Slim 7 Carbon appears to be the thinnest and lightest yet. We’ll just have to wait until October to test one out and see for ourselves how well it stands up to everyday use.