What just happened? Lenovo has unveiled its first Windows gaming handheld device that aims to combine top-tier hardware with premium software for gaming on-the-go. Called the Legion Go, it will compete against a ton of similar devices, such as the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, Ayaneo 2, Logitech G Cloud, Asus ROG Ally, Razer Edge, and many more.
Like the Asus ROG Ally, the Legion Go runs Windows 11, meaning users can not only install a ton of games on it from just about any online store but also have access to PC Game Pass. To distinguish itself from other Windows-based gaming handhelds, the Legion Go comes with Lenovo’s proprietary ‘Legion Space’ software that the company claims was specifically designed for the Legion Go. Lenovo says it allows users to quickly access all their game platforms and stores, view all locally installed games, and even make purchases through the Legion Game Store.
Moving on to the hardware side of things, the Legion Go comes with a large 8.8-inch QHD+ (2560 × 1600) touchscreen display with 144Hz refresh rate. It is powered by up to AMD’s Ryzen Z1 Extreme CPU with RDNA 3 graphics. Other hardware features include 16GB of LPDDR5X memory and up to 1TB of expandable storage.
The Legion Go sports a 49.2Wh battery with Super Rapid Charge that the company claims can juice up the device to 70 percent in just half an hour. It also comes with multiple power modes to let users adjust battery consumption on the fly. Connectivity options on the Legion Go include 2x USB-C ports with DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 3.0 support, a 3.5mm headphone socket, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E.
The Legion Go comes with a kickstand and detachable TrueStrike controllers that include an integrated trackpad, an angled mouse wheel, and 10 mappable buttons. The device also has an ‘FPS mode’ that allows gamers to detach the controllers and use the kickstand at the back to prop it up on a surface. Once detached, the right controller can be placed in a magnetic base for precise aiming in FPS games.
Alongside the main handheld, Lenovo also debuted the Legion Glasses with two 1920 × 1080 micro-OLED displays and built-in speakers. They connect to the Legion Go via USB-C and can double as an external display for any Windows, macOS, or Android device. The Legion Go will be available for purchase from October on Lenovo’s official website, with prices starting at $699 in the U.S. and €799 (around $866) in Europe. The Legion Glasses have been priced at $329 in the U.S.