Lenovo Legion Go: Asus ROG Ally adversary announced with AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme, 8.8-inch QHD+ screen and hall effect joystick
The Lenovo Legion Go isn't much of a secret at this point thanks to multiple leaks that revealed its specs. It is yet another entrant into the rapidly-emerging handheld console market and aims to take on the Asus ROG Ally, Steam Deck and a deluge of lesser-known competitors. A cursory glance at its spec sheet suggests it could pull it off, although one might have to pay a pretty penny for the privilege of owning one.
As predicted earlier, the Lenovo Legion Go features an 8.8-inch QHD+ (2,560 x 1,600) IPS LCD panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It looks good on paper but actually hitting 144 FPS on a handheld will be tricky with newer games. The panel has a peak brightness of 500 nits and covers 97% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The Lenovo Legion Go is noticeably thicker and heavier than most modern-day handhelds. The extra heft comes with an added benefit of better cooling by the way of four fan vents. It weighs 854 grams (1.88 lbs) with the controller, making it less than ideal for extended sessions.
It does, however, let you detach the controllers and use them separately. They include the standard fare of face buttons, D-pad, touchpad and most important of all, hall effect sensors that are immune to drift. Lenovo has also thrown in some extra keys on the back and side, a mouse scroll wheel, two mouse buttons and an "FPS" button.
Each controller has a 900 mAh capacity while the console itself draws power from a 49.2 WH cell. One can charge the latter at 65 Watts with the included USB-C cable. Unlike the Nintendo Switch, the Lenovo Legion Go's Kickstand has some heft to it and is attached to the chassis with six screws.
Under the hood, it uses the same Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip found in the Asus ROG Ally. One can pair it with 16 GB of LPDDR5x 7,500 MT/s RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe 2242 SSD. Further expansion is possible via a micro SD card. The handheld runs Windows 11 out of the box.
Other Lenovo Legion Go features include Wi-Fi 6E, a six-axis gyroscope, two 2 Watt speakers and Bluetooth 5.2. The console comes with a three-month subscription of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. One can purchase it in October starting at €799 (US$868). Availability may differ depending on your region, so be sure to check your local website for exact prices and sale date.