Next up on the IFA 2023 conveyor belt of launches is Lenovo’s brand new handheld gaming device called the Legion Go that runs on Windows 11 and and a substantial 8.8-inch display. This means it’s the largest ‘handheld’ device yet and as such Lenovo offers a set of attachable control grips for it that are reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch but with added functionality.
Powered by AMD’s Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor with RNDA graphics built-in, the Legion Go packs in up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 1TB of internal storage (PCIe Gen 4 SSD) which can be augmented via the MicroSD slot which supports cards up to 2TB in size. Keeping things cool during a gaming session is Lenovo’s Coldfront thermal technology and a liquid crystal polymer 79-blade fan which quieter than 25dB when in Quiet Mode.
The 8.8-inch display sports QHD+ resolution, 60-144Hz refresh rates, a 97% DCI-P3 color gamut, and up to 500 nits peak brightness.
A 49.2Wh battery is present with support for Super Rapid Charge which can achieve 70% in just 30 minutes. When gaming with the power cable inserted, you can also make use of the power bypass mode which protects the battery from undue degradation.
The Legion TrueStrike controllers are detachable which means you can remove them for games that require multitouch control as opposed to a gaming controller. FPS Mode allows the user to detach the controllers from the Legion Go’s body in order to use the built-in kickstand to prop it up. You can then attach the right controller into an included controller base via magnet which uses the optical eye at the bottom controller for more precise aiming and control during FPS games, much like a mouse.
There are dual USB-C ports for convenient connectivity, and there’s support for DisplayPort 1.4 and PD 3.0 charging. Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6E are also present, as is a 3.5mm audio port.
As with the ROG Ally, the Legion Go runs on Windows 11 and supports third-party game libraries such as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Gamesplanet, Steam, and more. Lenovo’s Legion Go is priced at $699/£699 for the 512GB model, going on sale during October.