The latest handheld gaming console competitor from Lenovo is finally here. The company will take on the likes of the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally with the new Legion Go, which is basically a portable gaming PC. So let’s have a look at its design, specs, and pricing.
Lenovo Legion Go: Design and Display
Like the Nintendo Switch, the Lenovo Legion Go also features detachable controllers that can be removed from both display sides. The back also houses a kickstand that lets you prop up the display on any surface. This means you can kick back and game wirelessly and not hold the entire weight of the handheld console thanks to the detachable controllers. On the front, the Legion Go sports a tall 8.8-inch LCD screen that has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. This is much higher than the 1,280 x 800 resolution on the Steam Deck’s 7-inch panel.
Lenovo Legion Go: Specifications
Under the hood, the Legion Go can be equipped with either the AMD Ryzen Z1 or the Ryzen Z1 Extreme. The latter is a more powerful chipset, and these two processors also powered the ASUS ROG Ally. This chip is paired with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 storage that can be further expanded via a microSD card slot. Similar to the Ally, the Lenovo handheld also runs on Windows 11, which basically makes it a portable gaming PC. You can even dock this device and use it as a desktop alternative.
A 49.2Wh battery pack powers this device, which is just as big as an average gaming laptop’s battery. It supports 65W fast charging as well, which enables it to hit 70 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Notably, each of the controllers houses a 900mAh battery pack for when these are used wirelessly. The processor on the Legion Go has a max TGP of 25W, which you can enable by using the Custom mode in the Legion Space software. Enabling the Quiet Mode will lower the TGP and limit fan speeds as well.
Lenovo Legion Go: Pricing and Availability
The Lenovo Legion Go has a starting price tag of $699. Unfortunately, the pricing for every other configuration is still unclear. But the Ryzen Z1 Extreme model will likely cost more than the regular Z1 variant. The brand will kick off sales for this product in October 2023 from its official website and other major retailers.