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Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i (2022): Comparing Premium Convertibles

When getting a 2-in-1 laptop from Lenovo, it’s Yoga 9i vs. 7i for the most part. That’s because these are made premium with a reasonable price and the performance to match, appealing to a wider audience than its counterparts in the competition.

In the range, the Yoga 9i is the top-of-the-line model, whereas the Yoga 7i is somewhere in the middle, which is a step above the Yoga 6. Between the two, the Yoga 9i has a higher build quality and more features, but that doesn’t automatically mean it’s the better pick. For one thing, the Yoga 7i can potentially have better performance, owing to its option with a discrete graphics card (GPU). That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.

Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i Comparison Chart

ModelLenovo Yoga 9iLenovo Yoga 7i
 Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7iLenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i
PriceCheck Price at Lenovo.comCheck Price at Lenovo.com
Display14-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS touchscreen with Dolby Vision, 400 nits, 60Hz refresh rate, low blue light

14.0-inch 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED touchscreen with Dolby Vision, True Black, HDR, 400 nits, 60Hz refresh rate, low blue light

14.0-inch WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) OLED touchscreen with Dolby Vision, True Black, HDR, 400 nits, 60Hz refresh rate, low blue light
14-inch 2.2K (2240 x 1400) IPS touchscreen with Dolby Vision, 300 nits, 60Hz refresh rate, low blue light

16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen with Dolby Vision, 400 nits, low blue light
Processor12th-generation Intel Core i7-1260P14 inch: 12th-generation Intel Core i5-1235U, Core i7-1255U
16 inch: 12th-generation Intel Core i5-1240P, Core i5-12500H, Core i7-1260P, Core i7-12700H
RAM16GB LPDDR5 (soldered)14 inch: 8GB, 16GB LPDDR5 (soldered)
16 inch: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5 (soldered)
Storage512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 414 inch: 512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4
16 inch: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe (integrated)14 inch: Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
16 inch: Intel Iris Xe (integrated), Intel Arc A370M, 4GB (discrete)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm audio jack14 inch: 2 x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI, microSD card reader
16 inch: 2 x Thunderbolt 4, 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI, SD card reader
Webcam1080p, privacy shutter, facial recognition1080p, privacy shutter, facial recognition
AudioBowers & Wilkins quad-speaker system (2 x tweeter, 2 x woofer), Dolby Atmos, dual-mic arrayQuad-speaker system (2 x tweeter, 2 x woofer), Dolby Atmos
Fingerprint ReaderYesYes
PenPrecision Pen 2 (included)Compatible (sold separately)
BatteryUp to 23 hours14 inch: Up to 18 hours
16 inch: Up to 19.5 hours (integrated GPU), up to 26 hours (discrete GPU)
WeightStarts at 3.09 lbs14 inch: Starts at 3.1 lbs
16 inch: Starts at 4.19 lbs
Dimensions (W x H x D)12.52″ x 0.6″ x 9.06″14 inch: 12.47″ x 0.68″ x 8.67″
16 inch: 14.23″ x 0.76″ x 9.83″
ColorStorm Grey, Oatmeal14 inch: Storm Grey, Stone Blue
16 inch: Storm Grey, Arctice Grey

Display and Audio

The Lenovo Yoga 9i has a better display and audio than the Yoga 7i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i Display and Audio
A closer look at the rotating soundbar hinge of the Lenovo Yoga 9i (in photo).

The Lenovo Yoga 9i’s base model sports a 14-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touchscreen with 400 nits of brightness. Its display can be upgraded to either a 2880 x 1800 or 3840 x 2400 OLED panel with HDR. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Yoga 7i can either have a 14-inch 2240 x 1400 IPS touchscreen with 300 nits or a 16-inch IPS 2560 x 1600 touchscreen with 400 nits. Regardless of the configuration, they feature Dolby Vision for deeper contrast and vivid colors for supported content, as well as low blue light technology to reduce eye fatigue.

The Yoga 7i uses four top-firing speakers that consists of two tweeters and two woofers with Dolby Atmos, which makes for immersive audio. But by the sound of it (heh), the Yoga 9i has the edge in this department. That’s thanks to its rotating soundbar hinge that houses a quad-speaker setup composed of two tweeters and two woofers from Bowers & Wilkins. Overall, it produces a richer and fuller sound, and it also has Dolby Atmos that adds to the immersion.

Both the Yoga 9i and 14-inch Yoga 7i measure and weigh more or less the same, and in tablet mode, one is about as easy to hold as the other. Needless to say, the 16-inch Yoga 7i is the most cumbersome among the three.

Performance and Memory

Depending on the configuration, the Lenovo Yoga 7i can beat the Yoga 9i in performance.

Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i Performance and Memory
Here’s the Lenovo Yoga 7i (in photo) flat and folded.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is configurable up to a 12th-generation Intel Core i7-1260P with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. On the other hand, the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i can have up to a Core i7-1255U with either 8GB or 16GB RAM, and the 16-inch variant up to Core i7-12700H and 32GB RAM. As for storage, they have a PCIe SSD Gen 4 under the hood that goes up to 1TB.

In terms of graphics, all of them use integrated Intel Iris Xe, but the 16-inch Yoga 7i can be configured with a discrete Intel Arc A370M GPU. Coupled with the right processor and amount of RAM (i.e., at least a Core i7-1260P and 16GB RAM), it becomes a decent machine for some light gaming on the side. Sure, it’s not the fastest out there, but it comes out on top in performance here.

It goes without saying that battery life varies depending on usage. But for a better idea of how they fare in this regard, the Yoga 9i is good for up to 23 hours and the 14-inch Yoga 7i up to 18 hours when playing a video saved locally. The 16-inch Yoga 7i with an integrated GPU is rated for up to 19.5 hours and the version with a discrete GPU lasts for up to 26 hours in the same conditions.

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Connectivity and Other Features

Both the Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga 7i have a webcam shutter for privacy, fingerprint reader and facial recognition.

Lenovo Yoga 9i vs 7i Connectivity and Other Features
The one-click function keys of the Lenovo Yoga 9i (in photo) includes shortcuts to toggle between performance modes and background blur for video calls.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga 7i feature Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. However, it’s a mixed bag regarding their ports, though they all provide a decent amount of ports despite how slim they are. First off, the Yoga 9i has two Thunderbolt 4, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and a 3.5mm audio jack. In comparison, the 14-inch Yoga 7i has two Thunderbolt 4, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, a 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI and microSD card reader. Lastly, the 16-inch Yoga 7i has two Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, a 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI and SD card reader.

Compared to previous iterations, they have larger touchpads with a bigger clickable area. If nothing else, the redesign makes it easier to point and click. Moreover, their keyboards are spaced well and backlit, but only the Yoga 9i and 16-inch Yoga 7i have an edge-to-edge layout. On top of that, the Yoga 9i has a column of one-click function keys for additional shortcuts.

Out of the box, the Yoga 9i has a Precision Pen 2, which notably has tilt detection. That comes in handy for jotting down notes, be it for schoolwork or anything work-related. The Yoga 7i is also compatible with styluses, but it doesn’t include any from the get-go.

The Yoga 9i and Yoga 7i have an FHD camera, and it’s perfect for video conferences. In addition, they have a privacy shutter for peace of mind when not in use. As for security, they have a fingerprint reader and facial recognition support.

Verdict

As the flagship model, the Lenovo Yoga 9i has more innovative features, but in performance, the Yoga 7i wins when it’s set up with a discrete GPU.

For entertainment purposes, the Lenovo Yoga 9i has the upper hand with its OLED display and higher resolution. That’s also in part because of its Bowers & Wilkins quad-speaker system in its rotating soundbar hinge. What’s more, it’s fast because of its 12th-generation Core i7 chip, making it a reliable productivity machine. All in all, it’s perfect for media consumption and as a laptop for work.

In contrast, the 16-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i is the powerhouse of the three because it can be configured up to an Arc A370M, Core i7-12700H and 32GB RAM. Put simply, it’s the best convertible for gamers among the three. The 14-inch Yoga 7i is essentially a budget variant of the Yoga 9i, and it doesn’t really stand out in any way, except for its lower price tag.

FAQs

📌 Which is better, the Lenovo Yoga 7i or 9i?

It depends, but the Lenovo Yoga 9i is better for watching videos because of its display and audio. The Lenovo Yoga 7i is potentially the better performer because it can be set up with a discrete Intel Arc A370M GPU.

📌 Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i a good laptop?

Yes, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is hard to go wrong with. After all, it features an impressive display, a rotating soundbar hinge with a quad-speaker system, and it’s also no slouch in performance because of its 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor.

📌 Does the Lenovo Yoga 9i come with a pen?

Yes, the Lenovo Yoga 9i includes a Precision Pen 2 with tilt detection.

📌 Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i good for gaming?

Unfortunately, the Lenovo Yoga 9i will struggle with games because it only uses integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. On that note, the 16-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i with a discrete Intel Arc GPU would be a better fit.

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