The King of Cool: Lenovo Introduces the Legion 9i, the World’s First AI-Tuned Gaming Laptop with Integrated Liquid-Cooling System1

September 1, 2023 — Today LenovoTm is announcing its top-of-the-line Lenovo LegionTm 9i (16”, 8), the first 16-inch gaming laptop in Lenovo Legion’s ecosystem—and in the world—with a self-contained liquid-cooling system1, designed for gamers and creators with heavy graphic workflow requirements who need a full development studio in their bag. The Lenovo Legion 9i caps out the Lenovo Legion lineup that also includes the Lenovo Legion Pro series for competitive gamers and the Lenovo Legion Slim series for gamers who value agility, as well as Lenovo Legion displays and peripherals. Also announced today are the Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB700 and GB400, two backpack options that give gamers a choice between slim and lightweight agility or extra storage without sacrificing protection for their Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) or any other laptops and accessories.

“The introduction of the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) marks the latest pinnacle of Lenovo Legion’s gaming laptop innovation. The Lenovo Legion 9i is first laptop in the Lenovo Legion ecosystem with an integrated liquid-cooling system and hardware AI chip tuning. The forged carbon A-cover, which in addition to its ‘unique-to-each-laptop aesthetics’ means a lighter laptop for gamers and creators who demand nothing but the best.” said Jun Ouyang, Lenovo’s vice president and general manager of the Consumer Business Segment, Intelligent Devices Group. “We are constantly challenging ourselves to push the limits when designing gaming solutions. The Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) has set a new benchmark for us that we are excited to meet—and exceed—in the future.”

 

Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) Forges the Future with Integrated Liquid-Cooling and a Forged Carbon A-Cover

The Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) redefines powerful luxury in the gaming laptop space. From the 13th Gen Intel® CoreTm i9-13980HX processor, up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTXTm 4090 Laptop GPU, and either 64GB Overclocked 5600Mhz Dual Channel DDR5 RAM or a blazingly fast 32GB Overclocked 6400Mhz DDR5 Dual Channel RAM, the laptop is equipped with remarkable processing hardware. But it’s how the power of these processors is unleashed that makes the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) truly powerful.

The Legion Coldfront integrated liquid-cooling system—the first of its kind on a 16” gaming laptop1—allows the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) to put out a maximum of 230W TDP while weighing in at just 2.56kg (5.64lbs). The system—co-engineered with Cooler Master—runs over the GPU VRAM to manage heat under extreme gaming sessions, turning on when the GPU hits 84°C to cool the GPU back down. Coupled with the AI-tuned, triple-fan air-cooling system with 6,333 individual intake vents, the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) stays cool even under the most grueling of gaming and content creation sessions. To accommodate the added weight of the custom liquid-cooling system, Lenovo engineers had to design an innovative new A-cover made from forged carbon chips that not only saves weight, but due to the forging process means that every Lenovo Legion 9i has its own unique forged carbon chip pattern on the A-cover.

All of the Lenovo Legion 9i’s extra power is brought to life on an up to Lenovo PureSight 3.2K Mini-LED 16:10 Display with 165Hz variable refresh rate. Creators can switch between DCI-P3 and sRBG color spaces through the preloaded Lenovo Vantage software thanks to per-unit factory color calibration of the display. The 94% screen-to-body Mini-LED display means breathtakingly huge, crisp visuals for both gamers and content creators alike, and with up to 2TB of PCIe (Gen 4) SSD storage2 there is ample room to be immersed in a myriad of beautiful games.

Immersion is a key factor of the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8)’s approach to its powerful luxury. The Lenovo LA-2 AI chip’s Smart FPS feature directly interfaces with the display to track frames-per-second and automatically adjust power to the GPU and CPU, ensuring maximum FPS no matter the gaming scenario. The Lenovo LA-2 AI chip also syncs the Legion Spectrum RGB present in strips around the keyboard and bottom covers, on the top cover’s Legion wordmark, and in the per-key RGB Lenovo TrueStrike keyboard with visuals on the screen – truly immersing the gamer in the on-screen experience. Furthermore, Tobii Horizon software provides gearless head tracking that gives players an extra level of immersion when playing their favorite games.

When it’s time to move, the Lenovo Legion 9i (16”, 8) is ready with a 99.99Whr battery that can be charged3 both via the included 330W Slim Adapter or the 140W Type-C® Power adapter, both of which are included in the box. Wi-Fi 74 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity are provided by MediaTek’s Filogic 380 Wi-Fi card with up to 6.5Gbps of wireless speed.

As with other Lenovo Legion laptops, the Lenovo Legion 9i comes with Windows 11 as well as a 3-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate5,6, so gamers can enjoy hundreds of high-quality games from the get-go. Nahimic by SteelSeries provides an extra edge in games through immersive 3D audio that lets gamers hear teammates more clearly while adding to the spatial awareness that is so key to topping the leaderboards. Players who stream will appreciate the easily-adjustable balancing and EQ controls, keeping the focus where it needs to be—on the win.

 The Lenovo Vantage software application offers an additional all-in-one suite of tools, including real-time performance dashboards, overclocking controls, as well as intelligent fan controls with a new custom fan mode that allows gamers to eke out every edge over the competition. Also bundled with every Lenovo Legion device is Legion Arena, which consolidates owned games from multiple platforms for gamers to search their entire library from one place to quickly find the game they want to play. Optional Lenovo Premium Care support7 is also available for people who want access to advanced technical support with at-your-doorstep support and preventative PC health check.

 

Carry Gaming Gear Any Way: The Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB700 and GB400

Both the Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB700 and Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB400 provide protection for laptops and accessories in the Lenovo Legion ecosystem—offering more personalized choice based on user preference. The 20L Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB700 is equipped with four bumper protectors in the PC compartment and a PU-coated exterior for unrivalled protection. The main compartment is fully customizable for a great fit every time. There are also 12 pockets—three of them hidden for added security—to hold gear, accessories, chargers, and anything else. X-shaped luggage straps on the back and reflective trim on the shoulder straps add comfort, convenience, and safety to the stylish bag.

The Lenovo Legion 16” Gaming Backpack GB400 is geared for gamers who travel light and lithe. With an anti-theft magnetic lock, X-shaped luggage straps, and a compartment that fully unzips, the 18L backpack provides easy access to the dedicated 16-inch laptop sleeve, as well as a pocket for tablets or handheld mobile gaming devices like the newly announced Lenovo Legion Go. There is also a zippered pocket to store a power adapter as well as two pockets for extra gaming peripherals.

Elements of the ever-expanding Lenovo Legion ecosystem:

Pricing and Availability8

  • The Lenovo Legion 9i with Intel processor is expected to be available starting October 2023 starting at $3799.99.8

 

Lenovo Legion 9i

Dimensions (W x D x H)

(mm): 357.7 x 277.7 x 18.99mm–22.7mm

(inches): 14.08" x 10.93" x 0.74"–0.89”

Weight

Starting at 2.56kg (5.64lbs)

Display9

Up to 16" 3.2k (3200 x 2000) Mini LED 16:10 (165 Hz / 3 ms Response Time / 100% Adobe / 100% DCI-P3 / 1200 nits / Up to VESA DisplayHDRTm 1000 Certified / Dolby Vision® Support / NVIDIA G-SYNCTm Validated / TUV Rheinland Certified)

Processor

13th Generation Intel Core i9-13980HX

Graphics9

Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU 16GB GDDR6 (150W+25W Boost) 2370MHz Boost Clock

Onboard AI Chip

LA2

Memory9

64GB 5600Mhz Dual Channel DDR5 Overclocked Memory

32GB 6400Mhz Dual Channel DDR5 Overclocked Memory

Storage10

Up to 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD9

Operating System

Windows 11 Pro

Windows 11 Home

Battery

99.99WHr

Super Rapid Charge (30-min to 0~70% Capacity, 80-min to 0~100% Capacity)3

Power Adapter

330W Slim Adapter

140W (USB Type-C Power Delivery)

Keyboard

1.5mm / Legion Spectrum Per-Key RGB / 100% Anti-Ghosting / Swappable Ceramic Key Caps

Camera

1080p with E-Shutter

Ports

Left Side

1 x Audio Combo Jack

1 x SD Card Reader 3.0

 

Right Side

1 x USB Type C (USB 3.2 Gen1)

1 x USB Type A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)

1 x E-Shutter Button

 

Rear

1 x DC-Inface

 

1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen1 (Always-on 5V2A)

2 x Thunderbolt 4 (3.2 Gen, DisplayPort 1.4, 140W Power Delivery)

1 x HDMI 2.1

1 x RJ45

Audio

2 x 2W Speakers with Nahimic Audio

Connectivity

2 x 2 Intel Wi-Fi 7 (802.11 ax)4

Starting from Bluetooth® 5.1

Colours

Carbon Black

 

 

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$62 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 77,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into growth areas that fuel the advancement of ‘New IT’ technologies (client, edge, cloud, network, and intelligence) including server, storage, mobile, software, solutions, and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

 

 

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1Per an internal research conducted as of June 22, 2023, based on comparisons of gaming computers distributed by global PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually, contained in a 16" panel size supported with a liquid cooling pump and does not have an external cooling attachment.

2Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.

3Super Rapid Charge: 10min charge 0~30% capacity, 30min charge 0~70% capacity, 80min charge 0~100% capacity in MS/S3/S4/S5 mode. Must use charger included with device; battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. All battery life claims are approximate and based on two methods of testing including MobileMark® 2018 battery life benchmark (with 200nits brightness and default volume level) and continuous 1080p video playback on the latest update of Windows 11 and up (with 150nits brightness and default volume level). Actual battery life will vary and depends on many factors such as product configuration and usage, software use, wireless functionality, power management settings, and screen brightness. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use.

4Requires separately purchased Wi-Fi router and plan that may vary by location. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges apply.  Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors. 

5Credit card required. Unless you cancel, you will be charged the then current regular membership rate when the promotional period ends. Terms and exclusions apply. After term, active membership required to play games and online multiplayer. Game catalog varies over time, region, and by device. DLC sold separately; if a game is removed from catalog or your membership ends, you will need to purchase the game separately to use your DLC. If you’re already an Xbox Live Gold and/or Game Pass for Console/PC member, any days remaining in your membership(s) will be converted to Ultimate using a conversion ratio. Future code redemptions also subject to conversion ratio. All conversions to Ultimate are final. Details and system requirements at www.xbox.com/gamepass. Offer valid in all Xbox Game Pass markets excluding Russia. Digital Direct: Your digital content will be delivered directly to your device during set up; no codes required. See xbox.com/subscriptionterms.

6Current Xbox Game Pass subscribers will receive an additional three months added to their subscription.

7Lenovo Tablets do not support onsite service and PC health check. The service levels may vary between carry-in, pickup & return, or depot in specific geographic locations. Lenovo reserves the right to alter service offerings, features, and specifications at any time without notice.

9Features may vary by geography and may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice. 

10Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates. 

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  • Just ordered mine so will compare against my Digital storm desktop....

  • Wow looks great

  • Those are some great features.

  • That looks like an great laptop. I really like that it still, or again, has many ports. Especially the Rj45 one. And I much prefer the taller screen to the widescreen 16:9 format ones that are so prevalent.
    And the graphic capability sounds amazing.

  • honestly the usb c charging is great. having one cable for everything is amazing and much better than having separate cables for everything. especially if it's something that you take with you all the time.