Exclusive Images: This is the Lenovo Legion Go Gaming Handheld

Here’s a first look at Lenovo’s new gaming handheld, the Legion Go

by Vlad Turiceanu

Vlad Turiceanu

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Legion Go First Look

Lenovo is working on a gaming handheld called Legion Go, which might be the best on-the-go gaming device yet! And if you think this is just another rumor like Lenovo’s Legion Play from a few years back (as we also did), think again. We’ve obtained some super exclusive images with the device, which looks fantastic!

Before we go into more detail, let’s circle back a bit. Handheld gaming was and still is a controversial topic for some time now because it has to fill in a very important gap: between a gaming PC/gaming console and your mobile phone (or maybe a retro handheld, if that’s your vibe). And that’s pretty tough to achieve, especially today when streaming gains more and more ground.

To date, we have at least 3 big players in this space: Valve’s Steam Deck, ASUS’ Rog Ally, and AYANEO’s top-of-the-line consoles. They all go for the same market; they’re similar to some extent but have some not-so-easy-to-dismiss drawbacks. Lenovo’s Legion Go addresses some of those drawbacks, at least from what we can tell right now.

These are the first official photos of the Lenovo Legion Go!

Lenovo Legion Go Front View

At first glance, it doesn’t look that much different from its competitors, but the thing that sets it apart (we think) it’s the similarities with another huge player in this space, the Nintendo Switch.

Why is that important? Well, because it’s more of a cherry-picked design that combines the best features of all of its competitors: starting with the removable joy-cons (or however Lenovo will call them), then the placement of the buttons similar to Rog Ally and a supposedly bigger screen of 8 inches, finishing up with a trackpad like on the Steam Deck.

And that’s not even the best part! It will sport Windows 11, which means that it has the potential to replace your gaming PC fully, and you’ll be able to play your triple-A titles on the go. Pair that with the fact that its heart and soul will allegedly be AMD’s new Phoenix processors, and you’ll get a fully-fledged gaming experience right at your fingertips whenever you want it!

Another thing that hints at Legion Go’s power is these huge air vents on the back of the device, alongside a stand that will help when you want to pair another controller. We can’t say anything about the noise levels yet, but we’ll surely test it as soon as it will be available, so stay tuned for that!

Lenovo Legion Go Back View

Regarding the IO, the shoulder buttons and side triggers aren’t anything new for this kind of device. The back triggers are a welcomed addition, while maybe the most interesting thing hidden on the back of the right joy-con is a wheel. We also see 2 USB-C ports (one at the bottom and one at the top), a power button, a headphone jack, + and – buttons for adjusting the volume, and (thanks to the gaming Gods!) a micro-SD slot.

We can’t confirm any info yet, but because the joy-cons are removable, we can safely assume the screen will also be touch sensitive. And so it should be, as Windows 11 is more friendly than ever for touch inputs.

Lenovo Legion Go Screen & Joy-Cons

In conclusion, Lenovo’s Legion Go looks like a complete package that promises to address some of the issues with the other big players in this market. Can you imagine opening Steam or any other platform on your way home, playing your favorite game, then removing the joy-cons and browsing through YouTube on your crisp, touchscreen device? And all of that without breaking a sweat!

That’s a cool promise, and if Lenovo can deliver, it won’t just be another handheld but a way to push the competition to improve and offer a better gaming experience for everyone.

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