PSA: The Lenovo laptops you buy in-store and online may be different

We recently covered a bunch of new laptop releases in Malaysia from Lenovo, and along the way, we discovered something that you should know. When you purchase a new laptop from the company, you need to take extra care to ensure that you’re buying the exact model/SKU that you’re looking for—-depending on whether you’re buying the laptop from the Lenovo Official Website or authorised online retailers.

For example, the recent Lenovo Yoga 9i was announced for the Malaysian market a couple of days ago, with availability expected sometime in January 2021. However, there’s some confusion surrounding the actual specs of the device. On the one hand, information from the global launch states that the Yoga 9i will be powered by 10th Gen Intel Core processors, with configurations also including a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU.

Meanwhile, press materials shared with us by a representative of Lenovo Malaysia stated that the Yoga 9i will be coming with 11th Gen Intel Core processors—mated to integrated Intel Xe graphics. However, the same representative informed us that the Malaysian release will, in fact, run on the 10th Gen processor—contrary to information on the official Lenovo Malaysia website (screenshot attached below).

We’re told that this discrepancy is due to differences in how Lenovo handles retail versus e-commerce sales. Retail includes authorised dealers, while the e-commerce segment is basically Lenovo’s official website. The official site is run by a team overseas (not Lenovo Malaysia, specifically), with stock also coming in from overseas. As such, the specs you get when purchasing a laptop on the website differ from the specs you get when you buy from an authorised retailer.

All in all, it makes for a lot of confusion—for users and the media alike. As far as we know, Lenovo Malaysia does not officially state that models you get from authorised retailers might be different from those you get from the official website. Does this mean, referring to the Yoga 9i example, that you’d get the 11th Gen Core processor with website purchases? Or would you get this from the authorised retailer?

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It’s also worth mentioning that the differences between a 10th generation processor and an 11th generation processor are very significant. Plus, there may be other spec differences between laptop and component generations, and as a whole, it makes for some very confusing shopping.

As such, it would be wise to double-check for the exact specifications you’re looking for whenever you buy a Lenovo laptop, whether it’s from the official website or authorised retailers.