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Lenovo Legion Go officially makes its debut at IFA 2023

The Lenovo Legion Go is expected to be available starting November 2023 starting.

Lenovo legion go new gaming handheld

In a shocking move, Valve unveiled the Steam Deck in July 2021. The Nintendo Switch had dominated the handheld gaming scene for years, but the Steam Deck‘s arrival stirred things up and ignited a frenzy.

Now, we’re witnessing a rush of companies eager to launch their own gaming handhelds.

Lenovo is next in line to dive into the portable gaming market. Speculation around Lenovo’s new handheld console has been creating a buzz for some time now.

Thankfully, the wait ended at IFA 2023 when Lenovo pulled back the curtain on the Legion Go, a Windows-based gaming handheld.

That said, the Legion Go is unique in its own right compared to Steam Deck, Switch, ROG Ally, and all the other gaming handhelds in the market. 

Lenovo Legion Go: A feature-packed stylish gaming handheld

At first glance, the Legion Go might look like the Steam Deck‘s bigger brother, but the truth could not be further from it.

First, Legion Go features a larger 8.8-inch LCD with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, compared to Steak Deck’s 7-inch LCD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Lenovo Legion Go has also taken cues from other handhelds. It features detachable controllers, similar to Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons.

There’s even a built-in kickstand in the body to make the display stand on a table while you enjoy gaming wirelessly with the controllers. It’s a game changer, and none of the current handhelds have it. 

Lenovo legion go detached controllers
Source: KnowTechie

Legion Go’s hardware sets it apart and puts it one step ahead of the other gaming handhelds on the market.

The right controller has an optical “eye” that acts like a laser mouse, a helpful feature for FPS fans. There’s also a magnetic base included with every controller purchase.

As for functionality, you can assign tasks for each button in the new Legion Space software, a hub for all your games, RGB lighting controls, key mapping, and more.

You can also customize settings dedicated to each game, providing you with guaranteed control over performance and power consumption.

Lenovo Legion Go: What’s under the hood? 

Lenovo Legion Go Details
Display8.8-inch IPS
2,560 x 1,600
QHD+
144Hz refresh rate
ProcessorAMD Ryzen Z1 & Z1 Extreme
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB PCle 4.0
microSD slot
RAM16GB LPDDR5X
Power 2-cell 49WHr
900mAh controller battery
Software Windows 11 Home
Connectivity 5G/LTE
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
2x USB-C
Weight/Dimensions Without controllers: 640g/210 x 131 x 20mm
With controllers: 854g/299 x 131 x 41mm
PriceStarting from $699

AMD Ryzen Z1 or Z1 Extreme powers Lenovo Legion Go. Of course, the device has two variants, just like the ROG Ally, powered by the same two AMD processors.

And like the Ally, Legion Go uses the full desktop version of Windows 11. So, in theory, it could act as a complete desktop replacement. 

New lenovo legion go glasses
Source: Lenovo

The Legion Go has a 49.2Wh battery, half the size of an average gaming laptop’s battery. It is also bigger than the batteries in the Steam Deck and ROG Ally, which have 40Wh batteries.

But you will eventually run out of battery, and when that happens, you can charge the device at a speed of 65W. Lenovo says it takes about 30 minutes to charge from 0 to 70 percent. Each controller also has a 900mAh battery pack.

Lenovo Legion Go: Price, availability and accessories 

Lenovo legion go all the ports and controls
Source: Lenovo

Lenovo Legion Go will cost $699 for the Ryzen Z1 variant. While we don’t have the details regarding all the configurations, the Z1 Extreme version variants will obviously cost more.  

Lenovo is also launching two new accessories with the console. The first one is the $329 Legion Glasses; we reported earlier leaks first reported by Windows Report. The glasses are literally a player’s screen.

New lenovo headphones for the legion go
Source: KnowTechie

The second accessory is the Legion E510 headphone. These are wired earbuds with 7.1 surround sound. They will also work with any device with a 3.5mm port, costing $49.

Lenovo says the console is expected to ship sometime in November from various retailers, while the Legino Glasses should be available sometime in October.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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