Lenovo has unveiled its first Windows-powered gaming handheld, the Legion Go, which will be available for purchase in October. The device features an 8.8-inch QHD Plus screen, an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, and a 49.2Wh battery. It also has detachable controllers that can be used in various modes, including a touchpad and a FPS controller.
A Hybrid of Nintendo Switch and Asus ROG Ally
The Legion Go is designed to offer a versatile gaming experience that can adapt to different scenarios and preferences. The device resembles a Nintendo Switch, with a central screen and two controllers that can be attached or detached. The controllers have a magnetic connection that allows them to snap on and off easily.
Unlike the Switch, however, the Legion Go runs on Windows 10 OS and has more controls that are suitable for PC gaming. For example, the device has a touchpad on the right controller that can be used as a mouse cursor or a gesture input. The touchpad also supports haptic feedback and pressure sensitivity.
Another unique feature of the Legion Go is the FPS controller mode, which lets users switch the right controller to a vertical orientation and use it as a trigger for shooting games. The device also has a built-in kickstand that can prop up the screen for tabletop gaming or streaming.
A Powerful Competitor for the Steam Deck and ROG Ally
The Legion Go is not the first handheld PC gaming device to enter the market, as Valve’s Steam Deck and Asus’ ROG Ally have already made their debut earlier this year. However, the Legion Go has some advantages over its rivals in terms of specs and features.
The Legion Go has a larger and sharper screen than both the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally, with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The device also has a bigger battery than the ROG Ally, which could translate to longer gaming sessions. The Legion Go is powered by an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, which is comparable to the Steam Deck’s AMD Zen 2 CPU.
The Legion Go also offers more ports than the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally, including two USB Type-C ports (USB 4.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0), a microSD reader, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. The device also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
A Pricey but Promising Handheld PC Gaming Device
The Legion Go is not a cheap device, as it starts at $699 for the base model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. There will be another model with 1TB of storage for $799, and Lenovo plans to release a cheaper version with an AMD Ryzen Z1 processor later on.
The device is also quite heavy, weighing about 1.5 pounds with the controllers attached. This could make it less portable and comfortable than other handheld devices. Additionally, Lenovo has not revealed the battery life estimate or the global availability of the Legion Go yet.
Nevertheless, the Legion Go is an impressive handheld PC gaming device that could appeal to many gamers who want a powerful and versatile system that can run Windows games on the go. The device has some innovative features that set it apart from its competitors, such as the detachable controllers, the touchpad, and the FPS controller mode. The device also has a stunning display, a robust processor, and plenty of ports.
The Legion Go is expected to launch in October in the US, and we will keep you updated on its performance and availability as more information becomes available.